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Railways, Scotland

Give us full powers over rail, Scots tell Greening

The Scottish Government this week asked to be freed from the constraints of the UK’s rail franchising legislation.

In a letter to transport secretary Justine Greening, Alex Neil, Scotland’s cabinet member for infrastructure, said the 1993 Railways Act dictated that the Scottish Government could only contract rail services through a private sector operator. “It is perverse that largely state-owned companies such as DB or SNCF can operate rail services in Scotland but a...

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