Date received: 11 December 2018
Date responded: 14 January 2019
May I please enquire as to what consultation was undertaken between Transport Scotland, ScotRail, Inverclyde Council, Police Scotland and the British Transport Police as to the recent withdrawal of services from IBM station?
May I also ask what legal advice any of the above parties have received in connection with the withdrawal of services, and whether the withdrawal is believed to be in compliance with the Railways Act 2005?
ScotRail has temporarily suspended services from calling at IBM station. This action was taken and agreed with Transport Scotland following representations made to ScotRail by a number of local stakeholders including British Transport Police, Police Scotland, Inverclyde Council and a local MSP. The site itself is now almost totally derelict and issues of anti-social behaviour & reports more serious criminal activity at the site have been highlighted by the local stakeholders.
What legal advice any of the above parties have received in connection with the withdrawal of services, and whether the withdrawal is believed to be in compliance with the Railways Act 2005?
This legal advice has not been required as services have only been temporarily suspended.
For the avoidance of doubt no decision has been taken to close this station. The situation will be re-evaluated in summer 2019, to determine the next steps taking into account potential future developments.
ScotRail is fully aware of the formal closure procedures and relevant considerations before such a move is considered.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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