Scotrail boss Phil Verster: 'We don't have cash to fund Humza Yousaf's promises'

Scotrail boss Phil Verster has said that Scotrail don't have the cash to backup Humza Yousaf's promises.

SNP Transport Minister Humza Yousaf announced last month that monthly and annual season-ticket holders will get a “free week” paid as a “thank-you” for their patience during disruption and upgrades.

It was widely understood that the Scottish Government would fund the £3 million promise.

Scotrail's Phil Verster has told how Scotrail have been asked to fund £1.8 million of the cash. It is believed Scotrail have been asked to fund it from a railway improvement fund.

The fund is only valued at £1 million - which is already assigned to other projects.

Mr Verster said:
“We are working with the Scottish Government to understand how to fund the £3million. We’ve not finalised those conversations. I can’t vouch for whether the scheme goes ahead or not.”
Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said:

“It is increasingly clear that Humza Yousaf’s announcement was calculated on the back of a fag packet. The fact that ScotRail still don’t know how they will pay for the SNP’s plan is astonishing.”
It appears that the Scottish Government is committed to paying the "free week".
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
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Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.