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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06329: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 18 January 2017, Yousaf calls for further devolution Network Rail, whether it will publish the provisional planning that it has carried out regarding any devolution of functions of Network Rail to Scotland, and how it calculated the savings of "around £100m a year" that it states would arise from such devolution.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 31 January 2017

The Scottish Government believes that the case for devolution is clear and has been set out in various reports, reviews and studies over recent years, including the Shaw Review and the more recent Reform Scotland report. The £100 million figure is informed by the overall scale of Network Rail’s funding and expenditure in Scotland – some £4.7 billion in the current CP5 control period. The opportunities for efficiencies will clearly be dependent on any model agreed, but include avoiding further unnecessary cost increases on major projects; reducing contributions to significant Network Rail corporate overheads; avoiding future contamination of higher costs from Network Rail’s poor financial and delivery performance in England; and further synergies in the management and development of the infrastructure of Network Rail and the operations and rolling stock of ScotRail.