Date lodged: 22 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether it remains its position to put forward a public sector bid when the rail franchise is next tendered, and, if so, what steps it is taking to develop a bid.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 13 March 2019
The position of the Scottish Government remains unchanged from the the answer to question S5W-18378 on 23 August 2018. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx
We continue to develop avenues to enable a public sector body to bid. However, a key consideration is the Williams Rail Review which is likely to lead to substantial change in the franchising process across the UK.