Scotland\'s railways contribution to tourism

Published

4th July 2014

The study, which was commissioned from the Fraser of Allander Institute, shows that First ScotRail adds £1.22bn in GDP each year to the Scottish tourism industry. This means that First ScotRail directly enables 37,721 jobs spread across the country. This reflects the fact that 42m people travelled for leisure in 2012, representing 54% of all journeys made on Scotland’s railways.

This report is further evidence of First ScotRail’s importance to the Scottish economy and the country. Tourism matters and people should recognise that in the Scottish rail franchise we have a very high performing economic asset. They should not relent in making it better but also recognise the job First\'s people are doing every day.

Indeed, just last week the latest independent National Passenger Rail Survey found that nine out of ten First ScotRail passengers are satisfied with their train service.  This 90% rating – eight points ahead of the UK average - equals ScotRail’s highest ever score; the survey also found that First had improved in 26 categories since last year.

First ScotRail and First Bus a
re tremendously proud to be Official Supporters of the Commonwealth Games, providing passenger rail and bus services.  Together with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, they are anticipating a busy summer ahead. In total they plan to provide 1.1m rail trips to people attending the games.

Further information on the report is available on their website.

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