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S5W-21772: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it remains its position to put forward a public sector bid when the rail franchise is next tendered, and, if so, what steps it is taking to develop a bid.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 13 March 2019

The position of the Scottish Government remains unchanged from the the answer to question S5W-18378 on 23 August 2018. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at

We continue to develop avenues to enable a public sector body to bid. However, a key consideration is the Williams Rail Review which is likely to lead to substantial change in the franchising process across the UK.