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Statement from SPT Chairman

Following today’s press reports on proposals to restructure staffing across SPT’s subway and bus operation teams, SPT chairman Jonathan Findlay said:

“SPT began a major restructure over a year ago to streamline what we do and to better focus on delivering for our customers. Changes from the top down have already brought about £3million worth of savings, but there is still more work to do.

“We are on the brink of delivering a significant legacy for Glasgow, namely the much-needed modernisation of the Subway, against the backdrop of a toughening financial climate.

“We’ve always been clear that in delivering a world class system fit for the future, working practices would have to be examined along with our physical infrastructure, trains and signalling. By introducing new technology and creating more flexibility within our workforce, we’ve now identified savings of a further million.

“Our proposals are all subject to consultation with unions and employees but we have to accept that, although difficult decisions have to be made, there is an opportunity to make significant savings for the public purse while dramatically improving the service we provide. That is something which cannot be ignored.”