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

Published: 21 Apr 2021

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

Published:
21 Apr 2021
Scottish Government stance on financial responsibility for Network Rail: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100180536
Date received: 18 Mar 2021
Date responded: 29 Mar 2021
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)

Response

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.

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