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S5W-14491: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether any subsidy for Caledonian Sleeper achieved value for money.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 2 March 2018

Serco Caledonian Sleeper Ltd delivers its obligations in terms of the Franchise Agreement, its bid for the franchise having been deemed the most advantageous in terms of cost and quality.

The subsidy provided by the Scottish Government to the current Caledonian Sleeper franchisee has helped to deliver a 21% increase in the number of people using the Caledonian Sleeper. It has helped to deliver a complete new fleet of trains. It has also assisted in providing employment for small and medium enterprises throughout Scotland. And it has assisted numerous sectors of the Scottish tourist industry by delivering visitors from the UK and overseas to destinations within Scotland.