12/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Will converts, talking to the man who brought the art

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with the First Minister facing a claim that lives could be put

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at risk, because of delays in creating four new specialist

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trauma centres at hospitals across Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon says it's correct to take time

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Here's our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Here is the First Minister touring one in Dundee.

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They deal with casualties from major incidents.

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Plans to upgrade and integrate them were due

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Communities have been expecting these centres for two

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years and are now told to wait at least another three.

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I think they deserve a fuller explanation.

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Labour spotlighted Aberdeen and said an

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enhanced trauma centre there was vital to cope

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with emergencies that might arise in the North Sea.

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The life-saving medics told me what they're

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telling the Government, more delays will cost lives.

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The First Minister said initial plans had been

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But they decided to stick with four centres.

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We are not talking about creating from scratch four new

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facilities that currently don't exist.

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These four hospitals in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and

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Edinburgh already provide excellent trauma care.

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continuing to enhance what they do and to join up the services they

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provide with the services that other hospitals provide and with the

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service the ambulance service provides in an integrated network.

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These were robust exchanges, reflecting the emotive nature of the

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The opposition said a promise has been broken.

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But Nicola Sturgeon said that a plan had been

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sensibly restructured in the light of advice

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Snow and ice have caused disruption on Scotland's

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roads today with a spate of accidents and delays.

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Winter in Scotland - a season with many different faces.

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The picturesque, capable of turning into

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On the M74 this morning the conditions brought

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Across the country the snow has been patchy.

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But where it's fallen it has caused problems.

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Here just outside Dunblane you see the kind of

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problems that drivers have been seeing.

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It took six hours to free this delivery van.

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And Sir Chris Hoy was rescued by a gritter after his car spun off

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But the general picture for those monitoring major roads was

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We have had to deal with a number of incidents,

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some closed roads, we have had to deploy our gritters

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in fact we had 241 gritters out last night and we dealt with temperatures

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As those gritters were being put to work, the impact

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In the Highlands and Dumfries and Galloway

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Some ferry services to the islands were cancelled.

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Rough seas hinting at what lies ahead for some - strong

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winds, snow and ice all feature in a series

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of weather warnings that last until tomorrow evening.

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Staying mindful of what a Scottish winter is

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More than 500 jobs are to go at Kwik Fit Insurance Services

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in North Lanarkshire, after attempts to find

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Staff at the Uddingston contact centre were told it

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Owner Ageas said it had suffered the consequences of a change

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Ageas will now focus on finding alternative work for the 521 staff

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Yesterday's incident, which saw a lorry blown over

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on the Forth Road Bridge and the ensuing travel disruption,

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has raised questions about whether lorry drivers

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ignore warnings because of pressure to meet deadlines.

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As John McManus reports that's the claim of one driver who's been

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It was different on Wednesday, when the

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Forth Road Bridge was closed because of this accident.

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But it is not the first time high-sided vehicles have been

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This driver who was caught up in yesterday's delays says

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industry colleagues are under pressure.

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Our customer pays for the transport and they say to the

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company, if the load isn't there by the time

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that we stipulate, then you will be fined.

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IE, money will be taken off of our agreed price.

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That, they project that pressure on to the driver.

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There are no official figures on how many HGV ignore high

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But the police were sufficiently concerned about the

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dangers to lorries that it launched a campaign in October.

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The company running the Forth Road Bridge said

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it passes details of incidents to the police,

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It only takes one HGV to bring the bridge to a closure and the

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consequences of that we saw yesterday.

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And it was reliant on the drivers following the signage.

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Otherwise one HGV can close the bridge.

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This industry body posts advice on driving.

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Drivers are not under pressure from operators to

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ignore road traffic signs and any safety advice.

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Across Scotland, high-sided vehicles and high winds

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The punctiality and reliability of train services in Scotland have

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improved over the last month according to figures

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But although it's the third period in a row that the company has

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reported an improvement it's still operating below the target set

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The timely arrival of a train during a snow flurry in Glasgow today.

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The punctuality of services got better,

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but they're still below the targets set by the Government.

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We are not at the level we want to be at.

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What we are busy with is a rolling programme

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that will continuously improve punctuality.

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In the last month almost 90% of services ran within

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Which ScotRail say is proof they're heading in the right direction.

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You can get to where you want to go easily.

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When there has been delays, there is replacement buses

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and I can't say we have been stuck anywhere.

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We could probably do with having slightly nicer trains I would

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Some new trains are promised from September.

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But issues like the signalling fault at Haymarket

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yesterday will continue to put a dent in the figures.

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Milngavie station - one of many stations where

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services were disrupted throughout the Central belt.

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This is a busy commuter line and one traveller said

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It used to be that the service was generally very reliable.

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And now every week I often get a taxi home

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from work if the trains are significantly delayed.

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Events on the network can affect services anywhere

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and that is what you get when you have a network as busy as ours.

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So we have a total focus to minimise the effect

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of signalling failures or rolling stock failures.

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Last week's disruption at Airdrie as a child's

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scooter was thrown onto overhead lines.

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ScotRail says things will continue to improve.

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Their challenge is to convince their customers of that.

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An agreement has been reached to ensure that foreign workers

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on freight boats serving Orkney and Shetland are paid

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This cargo boat waits for a weather window to sail to Aberdeen.

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But there is good news for the crew on board.

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An agreement has been reached to ensure

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all the seafarers are paid at least the minimum wage.

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And a new charter arrangement will see the operators

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of the Lifeline ferry contract take over the running of cargo vessels.

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The crew were being paid less than the minimum wage.

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As soon I became aware of the situation, we

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now have agreement in place to pay at least the minimum wage.

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The RMT union has launched a high-profile

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They called on the Scottish Government to intervene.

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They held a protest at the quayside in Aberdeen and marched

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If you had let us know were coming today, we

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could have done our homework and found out exactly what the issue is.

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However, it is a Scottish Government contract

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and RMT remain absolutely convinced and certain

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that the rates of pay that are collectively bargained by this

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The new contract comes into force next month.

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Time now for the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow.

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on. It is a cold and icy night for some.

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I hear low warning is enforced. As that rain moves south, it will turn

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to snow. Over the north, this is the next few hours if you are driving,

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atrocious conditions on some of the roads with blisters likely and is

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now being blown around by severe gales. Very wintry indeed. --

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blizzards. Creating quickly tomorrow but in this week still some snow

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showers and windy conditions, especially on the coast. For many it

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is a cold and icy start. Temperatures around one or two

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Celsius. Further north, a sprinkling of snow showers across the

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north-east and north-west. Very windy indeed, especially around the

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coast. Those big waves are likely to crash over at times, potentially

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dangerous at the coast. For most, a bright, sunny and crisp day but icy

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in places and quite chilly despite the wind is dying down. South of the

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border, a wintry start but largely dry. It will be chilly with those

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north, north-west wind is -- wins. Snow showers for parts of Northern

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Ireland and the north-west of Scotland. Temperatures are around

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three Celsius but I don the wind-chill. Snow showers drifts off

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into parts of your shirt and Dumfries and Galloway and the East.

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Another cold day on Saturday. Some sunshine and perhaps a few showers.

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Turning milder by Sunday. That's Reporting Scotland. From everyone on

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the late team, good

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