Date lodged: 11 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what (a) support it provides to and (b) discussions it has had with (i) Network Rail and (ii) ScotRail regarding improving health and safety at railway stations.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 24 January 2017
The Scottish Government fully funds both Network Rail, Scotland and the ScotRail Franchise Holder to carry out their statutory safety duties. Railway Safety has not been devolved to Scottish Ministers and remains an area that is reserved to the UK Government. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has the remit to monitor and enforce railway operators’ safety performance and has regular meetings with both organisations. The ScotRail Franchise holder is also contractually obliged to fulfil their statutory safety duties, including station health and safety, and their safety performance is discussed in-depth at the quarterly ScotRail/Transport Scotland Director forums.