RMT on news that Scottish Government to consult on future of rail franchising

RMT on news that Scottish Government to consult on future of rail franchising

17 December 2020

RMT Press Office:

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcement that from tomorrow it will be consulting on a revised franchising policy statement, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“It’s no coincidence that on the same day that a coalition of organisations and MSPs have called for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership, it has announced that it is reviewing its franchising policy.

"There can be no more excuses. When the consultation is launched tomorrow, the Scottish Government must confirm that it is taking Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership from January 2021, when the Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper Emergency Measures Agreements expire.

"This is the only way to create a reliable, affordable, accessible and sustainable rail network for Scotland.”

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