Christina McKelvie MSP designs action plan for troubled train station
A round-table summit discussing Hamilton Central train station was convened this week, as Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie tabled an action plan for the future of the station.
Following on from demonstrations by the RMT union, the MSP organised an urgent summit to discuss the anti-social behaviour occurring at the train station. The summit was convened at the Scottish Parliament with attendance from the RMT, Scotrail, Police Scotland and other partners involved with the station.
The summit agreed a collective plan of action involving a multi-agency approach in reporting and combatting the anti-social behaviour. It has also been agreed that a future summit will be convened to assess the progress of the action plan.
Commenting on the summit, Christina McKelvie said:
“Today’s meeting was very constructive and I thank all the organisations for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice.
“Make no mistake, this shows the seriousness of our purpose. The safety of my constituents, the public and the staff of Scotrail are absolutely paramount.
“We now have in place an agreed plan of action consisting of wider engagement with the local community, a more visible Police presence at the station and an agreement to facilitate a multi-agency approach to eradicate the anti-social behaviour.
“I want to record my gratitude to all the organisations who have committed their support in overcoming the issues impacting upon the station. I also want to pay tribute to my constituents who have worked in tireless partnership with me to ensure Hamilton Central remains safe and secure for all to use”.
Commenting on the summit, RMT Organiser, Michael Hogg added:
“Today’s meeting at the parliament was constructive and aided our members in finding a long term solution.
We have agreed a serious of measures with all stakeholders. All parties have agreed that enough is enough and all staff should be able to come to work securely and safely.”
James Ledgerwood, head of economic development at the ScotRail Alliance, said:
“The safety of our staff and customers is always our number one priority. The type of behaviour that we are seeing is totally unacceptable - and is not just restricted to the railway station.
“As responsible members of the community, we have been working alongside a wide range of partners for the last 18 months to ensure that this unacceptable behaviour no longer impacts on our staff or customers.”