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S5W-16780: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK Government's decision to take services on the East Coast Main Line into public control, what its position is, with regards to its impact in Scotland, on the continued use of the franchise model for rail services.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 May 2018

The statutory rail franchising framework is a matter reserved to the UK Government.

The Scottish Government’s consistent view over many years is that there ought to be a level playing field between the private and public sector in bidding for rail franchises. Only now, having secured the necessary legislative change, are we able to consider letting franchise contracts in Scotland to the public sector.

We are now working to enable a public sector bid for Scotland’s railways in the future, as such widened competition should enhance our ability to secure passenger rail services in Scotland that deliver maximum economic and social benefit.