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S5W-04295: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in its bid for the ScotRail franchise, by what date Abellio indicated that it would introduce refurbished IC125 trains on inter-city rail routes in Scotland; whether that date is expected to be met and, if not, by what date the trains will be in service and whether a financial penalty would be applied to Abellio if it did not improve services in the event of a delay in introducing improved trains.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 November 2016

All of the information related to Abellio’s commitments to introduce new and refurbished rolling stock is within the Franchise Agreement, Schedule 1.6, Part 1. This is the formal contract between Scottish Ministers and ScotRail and has been available since 20 February 2016 on the Transport Scotland website.

On potential penalties I refer the member to the answer to question S4W-24870 on 23 March 2015. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at