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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04172: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether Transport Scotland remained the operator of last resort for passenger rail services when the current ScotRail franchise agreement started.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 November 2016

Yes. Scottish Ministers are the relevant franchising authority for the rail passenger services provided under the ScotRail Franchise Agreement. If that agreement ended without a further franchise agreement having been entered into, Scottish Ministers would be under a duty to provide or secure the provision of those services. That duty, is set out in section 30 of the UK Government Railways Act 1993.