RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service

RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service

6 October 2022

RMT Press Office:

The Scottish Government has announced that the current Serco Caledonian Sleeper franchise will end in June 2023.

It has not yet said how the service will be run after then.

RMT has long campaigned for the Caledonian Sleeper to be taken into public ownership and integrated with Scotrail.

When ScotRail was renationalised in April, RMT called for Caledonian Sleeper to be reintegrated into the public sector operator.

This will provide better value for money and allow the vital low-carbon link between Scotland and London to be run for passengers, not profit.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: "There is a huge opportunity for the Scottish Government integrate Caledonian Sleeper into Scotrail as a publicly owned service.

"The service under Serco has not been a happy experience for staff or passengers.

"By removing the profit motive from the Caledonian Sleeper, it provides better value for money and stronger public oversight into how the service is run."

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