The Scottish Government has paid out more than £1m for emergency rail replacement services since the nationalisation of ScotRail.

The franchise passed into public ownership in April 2022, but over £1.2m has been spent on hiring buses to cover for cancelled trains.

Figures obtained by Scottish Labour via a freedom of information (FOI) request found the seven-figure sum had been shelled out in the 15-month period.

But ScotRail pointed out a further £2.9m, accounting for 70% of the £4m total cost, was spent on pre-planned replacement buses to cope with engineering works carried out by Network Rail.

The Government also paid £270,000 for taxi cover for passengers due to travel on cancelled ferry services.

Labour transport spokesperson, Alex Rowley, accused the SNP of “incompetence,” adding they had “failed to deliver” a rail network that meets public needs.

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