Scottish passenger rail franchise 2014



The Committee is undertaking a brief and focused scrutiny of the issues surrounding the apointment of the next passenger rail franchise in Scotland. The Committee intents to examine proposals for the forthcoming franchise period, due to begin in 2014, which will included consideration of:  

  • the current efficiency and accessibility of the rail network in Scotland;
  • the developments that could be made to improve the network and rolling stock for passengers;
  • the potential costs associated with any upgrades and the current providers ability to cope with and provide for, the growing demands on the rail service; and
  • the importance of and further potential for, the integration of Scotland’s network with the rest of the UK.


14 March 2012

The Committee heard evidence from:

  • Robert Samson, Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus;
  • Bill Ure, Member, Member of Passenger’s View Scotland;
  • Anne MacLean, Convener, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland;
  • Ken Sutherland, Research and Media Officer, Railfuture Scotland;
  • John Brandon, Convener, Friends of the Far North Line.

21 March 2012

The Committee heard evidence from:

  • Kevin Lindsay, Scottish Secretary, Associated Society of Locomotive Steam Enginemen & Firemen;
  • Iain Macintyre, Regional Organiser, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers;
  • Tom Kennedy, Senior Regional Organiser, Scotland, Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association;
  • Richard Davies, Head of Strategic Policy, Association of Train Operating Companies.

18 April 2012

The Committee heard evidence from:

  • David Simpson, Route Managing Director Scotland, Network Rail;
  • Malcolm Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Angel Trains; and
  • Keith Howard, Commercial Director, Porterbrook.

Written evidence

The Committee has also received written evidence from:


The Committee published its report on 21 May 2012.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, 6th Report, 2012 (Session 4): Rail 2014: Renewal of Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise (SP Paper 129)


Additional Information

The Minister for Housing and Transport made a Ministerial Statement to the Parliament on 21 June 2012.

Read the Official Report of the Ministerial Statement