transport Minister Fiona Hyslop cuts the blue ribbon to symbolically open the redeveloped Motherwell station flanked by official guest, all smiles.

Scotland’s new transport minister gets down to business at Motherwell and Stirling

Scottish Transport Minister Fiona Hyslop cuts the blue ribbon to symbolically open the redeveloped Motherwell station flanked by official guest, all smiles and from the left: Chief Supt Gill Murray, BTP; Valerie Davidson, SPT Chief Executive; Kirsty Devlin, ScotRail Head of Projects; Fiona Hyslop MSP, Transport Minister; Cllr Paul Kelly, North Lanarkshire Council Deputy Leader; Joanne Maguire, ScotRail Chief Operating Officer; Damian Briody, Transport Scotland Head of Projects; Rhona Proctor, Transport Scotland Project Sponsor. Scotland's Railway

There may seem to be a revolving door at the portfolio of transport. Both the UK ministry, and the devolved office in Scotland, have been the subject of multiple changes of post holder in the past two years. However, there’s some stability breaking out, at least in Edinburgh. A seasoned politician, with an impressive record behind her, has taken the reins at the most uncomfortable seat in Holyrood. The fact that Fiona Hyslop is one step away from a cabinet position is good news for the industry and, given the hefty workload of her direct report – cabinet secretary Màiri McAllan – we can expect a hands-on tenure from the Linlithgow-elected politician.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is UK correspondent for RailTech.com and Railfreight.com

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