Date lodged: 31 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01092 by Humza Yousaf on 21 July 2016, in what year of the franchise agreement the break clause cn be activated and what period of notice must be given to the (a) franchisee and (b) potential bidders before activating it.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 November 2016
No later than 6 months prior to the fifth anniversary of the contract (by 30 September 2019), either party (i.e. ScotRail or Scottish Ministers) can serve a formal notice stating their intention to not continue the contract beyond the 7th anniversary of the contract (31 March 2022).
Under the terms of the Franchise Agreement, there is no period of notice stated in relation to any potential bidders for a future franchise.