Date lodged: 23 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the devolution of the functions of Network Rail.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 9 March 2018
The Scottish Government has been pressing the UK Government for some time now for the full devolution of the Network Rail Scotland route. Strengthened accountability to the Scottish Parliament and improved governance arrangements will improve efficiency and the ability of Network Rail to respond to the requirements of the users of Scotland’s rail network.
The UK Government’s decision to move Network Rail funding to a Grant basis from 2019 means that the need for change is now a matter of urgency. Initial discussions took place between officials from Transport Scotland and the UK Department for Transport at the end of last year. The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution also wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport on 27th February seeking a speedy conclusion to this matter.
I recently wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport about Network Rail and the letter is available from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. Number 59598 )