Historic meeting sets out public sector rail operator options
“Cross-party working is key to delivering a vibrant, successful railway that delivers for Scotland.” said Transport Minister Humza Yousaf today.
The Minister was speaking following a historic meeting in Edinburgh today with key transport stakeholders, spokespersons and unions to discuss options for the creation of a public sector operator for future ScotRail Franchises.
As part of the meeting the Minister has committed to establishing a formal engagement process in the New Year to create a public sector operator for the railways .
Mr Yousaf said:
“This was a very open and productive meeting to set the wheels in motion for developing a credible public sector bid for the next ScotRail franchise.
“These are the first steps toward creating a public sector operator and I welcome the contributions of passenger groups, trade unions and political parties to today’s discussion.
“It is essential that as we begin this work all parties and stakeholders clearly understand the powers the Scottish Government has and the way in which any public sector operator would be required to operate.
“Collaboration is a critical success factor therefore it is essential we put aside party politics to work towards our common goal – a railway that befits its passengers and enables Scotland to thrive.”
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC said:
"This was a constructive meeting that helped to identify the pertinent issues. The STUC and rail unions look forward to working with the Minister, Transport Scotland and other partners over the coming months to ensure that a viable public sector bid is developed".