RAIL travellers in Annandale are being treated like poor relations by the SNP Scottish Government.
That was the claim from local MSP Oliver Mundell after he lodged a question with the Cabinet Secretary for Transport on why the region's only West Coast Main Line station at Lockerbie remains without Wi-Fi. The Dumfriesshire constituency representative was asked to raise the issue by regular passengers, some of whom commute to Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield. In a short written reply, the Minister, Michael Matheson, stated: "This is an operational matter for Abellio ScotRail."
Mr Mundell expressed disappointment at the dismissive tone of the response. He said: "Lockerbie is a gateway to the region for passengers arriving on main line faster trains as well as being used by an increasing number of local travellers. "My constituents deserve the level of service they can expect at busy rail hubs elsewhere in the country. "Abellio ScotRail have responsibility for operating Lockerbie Station but it appears to be a low priority for them when it comes to their investment programme. "It is shameful in this day and age that such a busy rail halt has no Wi-Fi provision and that the Minister appears to have 'passed the buck' rather than applying pressure on this issue directly with Abellio ScotRail."
Mr Mundell plans to write to South of Scotland Enterprise to see if they might help facilitate Wi-Fi, which is particularly appreciated by business travellers waiting on trains.