Scottish Government stance on financial responsibility for Network Rail: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Are you intending also taking full control & financial responsibility for current expenditure covered by Westminster's Department of Transport regarding NETWORK RAIL? (£834m in 2020-21)


In response to your request I can confirm that the Scottish Government is not taking full control and financial responsibility for Network Rail expenditure. This element remains with UK Government.

I thought it would be useful to also highlight that the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity’s recent announcement confirmed that the Operator of Last Resort (OLR) will run ScotRail services after the end of the current franchise contract in March 2022 and also additional funding for further Emergency Measures Agreements for the franchises until September this year which will ensure the continued operation of rail passenger services.

About FOI
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

Back to top