RENEWED calls have been made to take ScotRail back into public ownership after weeks of delays and cancellations over the Christmas period.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, TSSA union, marked Scottish commuters’ first Monday back at work by campaigning at Glasgow Central station.

Liz Warren Corney, from the union, said: “The rail franchise and privatisation system is not working for passengers on ScotRail.”

But Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson was critical of Labour backing the end to privatisation.

He told the Post: “I’m disappointed that the Labour Party joined the TSSA in this stunt when they previously blocked the powers to take ScotRail into public ownership being transferred to the Scottish Parliament.

“A full 60 per cent of delays in the Scottish rail service are caused by Network Rail, which is wholly under Westminster power. If the Labour Party are serious about improving Scotland’s rail services they should join the SNP in calling for control over our rail infrastructure to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.”