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Funding / Financing, Railways, Scotland

Westminster rejects Scottish rail bid

Transport secretary Justine Greening has rejected the Scottish Government’s request that it be allowed to contract rail services to a Scottish public body.

The SNP Government believes that privatisation has led to “too much fragmentation and additional cost” and wants to be able to have a publicly-run ScotRail franchise to integrate track and service provision.

Scottish ministers wrote to the DfT in June to set out the case for a derogation of the part of the 1993 Railways Act...

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1 Sep 2012

Does the existing legislation not permit a free-standing Social Enterprise not-for-profit company to run the railways. Provided the business plan stacks up, away the Scots go. Give F(W)irst the push.

Is there a precedent? Yes, it's called Network Rail!