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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04610: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it taking to establish a public body to be a potential operator of last resort for the ScotRail Franchise, and by what date such a body could be in place.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 November 2016

The Scottish Government has put in place measures to ensure we are fulfilling our Railways Act obligation of securing on-going rail functions, as the operator of last resort, should a franchise terminate early, for any reason, and not be replaced.

It is worth noting that this matter is entirely separate from establishing a public sector body that would be able to bid for future franchises.