Stonehaven Train Crash

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th September 2020.

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Photo of Liam Kerr Liam Kerr Conservative

8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Stonehaven train crash. (S5O-04580)

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

My thoughts continue to be with the families and friends of those affected by this tragic incident. I visited the site on Monday to show my support to those involved in the investigation, recovery works and service restoration. The site remains under the control of Police Scotland and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The removal of the carriages has started and will continue during the coming days. Network Rail advises that the restoration of passenger services is planned for October.

Photo of Liam Kerr Liam Kerr Conservative

In harrowing and tragic circumstances, the railway family and all our emergency services were challenged in the extreme that day—and beyond. Their commitment and courage have been rightly noted.

Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, met Police Constable Liam Mercer, who was one of the first on the scene. I understand that he intends to write to the chief constable of Police Scotland, recommending a commendation for his bravery and for that of PC Eilidh McCabe. Will the cabinet secretary consider writing to the chief constable in support of that recommendation?

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

On the day of the incident, I met PC Liam Mercer, other officers and those in the railway industry who had responded to it. I am conscious of the significant efforts that they all made and the heroic way in which they went about dealing with a complex and tragic event. I assure the member that I have already asked for measures to be taken to recognise the outstanding contribution and bravery that was demonstrated on the day by all those who responded to the tragic incident in such an exemplary way.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

That concludes portfolio questions. We managed to get through all the questions again.