Scottish railways back in public ownership

Scotrail intercity train
source: Scotrail

The Scottish government in Edinburgh has confirmed on Wednesday it will take the railway system back into public ownership in one year from now (31 March 2022). The move was widely anticipated, after the government exercised an option to terminate the contract of Dutch company Abellio, who have been managing the franchise since 2015. Next,  it will be run through an intermediary company owned and controlled by the Scottish Government.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is UK correspondent for and

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