Rail disruption due to metal theft another reminder of broken SNP promises

Published on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:01
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Commenting on the extensive theft of metal cabling which has disrupted train services between Aberdeen and Inverness, Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Graeme Pearson MSP, said:

"Metal theft is a significant and growing problem which risks lives and causes substantial damage.

"The SNP Government has failed to move quickly to help close the loopholes which make metal theft more attractive to criminals. The best thing that can be done is to make cash payments for metal illegal. The SNP promised action "shortly" and "in the near future" six months ago. Perhaps we have a different perspective of what speed looks like, this sort of delay isn't exactly an example of government moving swiftly.

"So while the SNP drag their feet, thousands of passengers continue to be disrupted, churches across the country suffer roofing losses and many other damaging thefts which particularly impact on our infrastructure continue.

"It's time for Kenny MacAskill to turn his words into action, before more passengers and companies suffer losses as they wait for the SNP to finally deliver on their promise."

Source: Scottish Labour

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