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ScotRail launches new engagement panel

Scotland’s Railway has reformed its Stakeholder Panel as it continues to engage with the railway’s key stakeholders.

The original Stakeholder Panel was created in 2015 as part of Abellio being awarded the franchise. The Panel helps examine the performance of Scotland’s Railway, as well as bring intuition and challenges to its work.

The relaunch sees new membership in place, with the appointment of CBI Scotland Director Tracy Black as chair, alongside senior representatives from Scotland’s key sectors.

The panel currently meets three times a year and will focus on a number of themes, including the decarbonisation of the railway, the contribution Scotland’s Railway can make to the financial recovery, and how the railway will grow again in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The independent members include:

  • Tracy Black, Director, CBI Scotland (Chair)
  • Morven Brooks, Chief Executive, Disability Equality Scotland
  • Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance
  • Willie Fraser, Vice President, Market Director, Rail EMEA, Jacobs
  • Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive, YoungScot
  • Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive, Malcolm Group
  • Trisha McAuley OBE, Scotland Board Member, Transport Focus
  • Suzie McCheyne, Rail74 Community Rail Partnership
  • Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive, Inverness Chamber of Commerce

Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Scotland’s Railway, said: “We’re pleased to welcome the new members to the Panel, and we look forward to constructive engagement. The support of this senior group representing a broad range of the economy and society in Scotland will better help us to understand how Scotland’s Railway needs to change to make it fit for the future.

“The importance of engaging with stakeholders, gaining valuable feedback and sharing our plans to improve Scotland’s Railway, cannot be underestimated.

“With the significant challenges that the railway faces as we continue to navigate our way through COVID-19, the input and support of our stakeholders will be absolutely vital. The work of the Panel will help to ensure we continue to work in the best interests of customers, businesses, and society.”

Tracy Black, Director, CBI Scotland and new Chair said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed as the next chair of Scotland’s Railway Stakeholder Panel and look forward to working with the group to ensure Scotland’s railway continues to deliver for customers, business and society. Infrastructure not only plays a crucial role in helping to move people and goods around Scotland, but is a key component in helping to drive productivity gains and level-up Scotland’s economy.

“Scotland’s railway can also play a vital role in our net-zero future by prioritising investment in low and zero carbon transport infrastructure. That will help deliver new green jobs when we need them most, power our post-COVID economic recovery and make huge strides towards meeting Scotland’s ambitious carbon reduction target, especially with the eyes of the world on Scotland as host of the COP26 Summit next year.”


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