ScotRail Into Public Ownership

Today, 1st April, the ScotRail franchise has been transferred to public ownership. The operation of train services has transferred from Abellio ScotRail (ASR) to ScotRail Trains (SRT), a publicly owned company.

 Train services across the ScotRail network will continue using the same employees.  ScotRail staff transferred to the new Scottish Government owned entity, with their terms and conditions protected.

 Tickets and season tickets remain valid, and all purchases can be made in the usual way.

ScotRail Trains Limited is now owned by the Scottish Government and overseen by Scottish Rail Holdings Limited (SRH Ltd). It operates rail services in Scotland and is still known as ‘ScotRail’.

It has a Board, Scottish Rail Holdings Ltd. with a CEO Chris Gibb and David Lowrie Finance Director.

You can find out more here: About Public Ownership from 1 April 2022

ScotRail operates around 2,400 train services each day and delivers over 93 million passenger journeys per year. Its operation is worth a total value of over £7 billion over 10 years.

It covers all services in Scotland apart from services by other operators that cross the Anglo-Scottish border (Virgin, East Coast, TransPennine, Cross Country and the Caledonian Sleeper). ScotRail does operate services to Carlisle.

Portlethen Railway Station Image credit: K. Armet

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