Prior Information Notice – 24 June 2022
Scottish Ministers have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN), on 24 June 2022, in respect of the Caledonian Sleeper Franchise. This PIN has been published due to existing provisions in the Franchise Agreement whereby the franchisee may exercise a rebasing option on or after 1 April 2022 with a number of possible resultant consequences.
The publication of the PIN is to preserve options for Scottish Ministers around possible contractual arrangements to ensure continued provision of rail services.
Emergency Measures Agreement
In April 2020 the Scottish Government put in place an Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA) which made temporary variations to the Caledonian Sleeper franchise agreement. This minimised disruption to passengers and rail employees during the COVID-19 outbreak and allowed rail passenger services to continue to operate during this period. The EMA expired in September 2020. Further EMAs were put in place thereafter and the final EMA expired on 28 February 2022.
Temporary Measures Agreement
Recognising the continued significant ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sleeper rail passenger services, a further Temporary Measures Agreement (TMA) has been agreed and will be in place until 31 March 2023. This will ensure continuity of Caledonian Sleeper services and job security for staff throughout this period.
Caledonian Sleeper Franchise
The Caledonian Sleeper service operates overnight rail passenger services between five separate destination/arrival points in Scotland and London Euston.
The current franchise was awarded to Serco Caledonian Sleepers Limited (SCSL) in May 2014, with the 15-year contract coming into effect on 31 March 2015.
Sleeper operations comprise two services in each direction to and from London Euston: the Lowlander combines services from Glasgow and Edinburgh, while the Highlander combines services from Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.
The Caledonian Sleeper serves 48 stations overall - 43 in Scotland and 5 in England - and is a key part of Scotland’s transport offering that delivers unique journey and tourism opportunities. It is our ambition that the services offered are emblematic of the best of Scotland, in terms of quality, catering and hospitality.
The franchise is worth £800 million over its 15-year franchise term. New trains operating over this period and beyond represent an investment of over £120 million.
You can find out more about the franchise and plan your journey on the Caledonian Sleeper website, which includes more destination information.