The £2.5bn ScotRail franchise has been awarded to transport group Abellio, which is owned by Dutch state railways. This is a missed opportunity to bring the franchise under public ownership in the UK.
Abellio is the international arm of Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which is a private company solely owned by the Dutch government and which holds a concession to run most of the rail lines in Holland.
Given that Abellio will have the contract for the next decade, it is disappointing that the ScotRail franchise decision has been taken before ratification of the post-Scottish referendum devolution settlement.
For further information see:
‘RMT calls ScotRail franchise award to Abellio a ‘disgraceful betrayal’, The Guardian, 8 October 2014.
Daltan, A. ‘First lose ScotRail franchise to Dutch firm Abellio’, The Scotsman, 8 October, 2014