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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-35619

Date lodged: 1 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-35095 by Michael Matheson on 25 February 2021, how much has been (a) spent on each operator of last resort contingency plan for both franchises and (b) paid to (i) MacRoberts, (ii) Ove Arup and Partners Ltd and (iii) Bramble Hub.

Current status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021


The Scottish Government has a statutory duty under Section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 to ensure that rail services continue to operate. The cost associated with the contingency planning work for the Operator of Last Resort (OLR) for both franchises has cost, to date £4,212,914 from 2019-20 to 2020-2021.

These OLR costs incurred to date can be broken down as follows:

Arup - £3,333,955

Ernst and Young - £437,243

Bramble Hub - £95,608

MacRoberts - £346,108