Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth has confirmed that the Scottish Government will provide ScotRail becomes public property from April 1, 2022.
A efficient, efficient and modern railway is essential to achieve our ambitious Net Zero goals – and in nationalizewe can create a railway that truly meets people’s needs and interests.
Here’s what you need to know.
Major Manifesto Commitment – Delivered
In the 2021 manifesto, the SNP promised that “we will make ScotRail public from next year“.
This advert explicitly honors the SNP promiseending the Abellio franchise from 1 April 2022 and building a state-owned and Scottish government-controlled railway.
🚉 BREAKING: We are bringing ScotRail into public ownership from April 2022.
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 9, 2022
Putting the needs and interests of passengers at the heart of our railway
Weekends have now become the busiest times for train travel, rather than weekday commute times – as more people than before are now working from home or on a hybrid basis.
We will focus on providing rail services when and how people want to use – and our public ScotRail means that the needs and interests of passengers are at the heart of it.
Working to achieve our net zero goals
To achieve our ambitious climate change goals, the decarbonisation of our rail services is essential.
Before the pandemic, around 75% of passenger journeys on ScotRail were on net-zero emissions trains – and we strive to completely decarbonize our railways by 2035.
Over the past ten years, we have already invested approximately £1 billion electrify more than 440 kilometers of trackand making many infrastructure improvements across Scotland.
We delivered the border railway, faster trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and reconnected 14 communities across Scotland to the rail network.
In the next 3 years, To rest on, Linton East and Dalcross – as well as Cameron Bridge and Leven on the new Levenmouth rail line – will follow.
🚉 The new railway, with stops at Leven and Cameron Bridge, will be combined with improved bus services as well as new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.https://t.co/9TCmXmxEW5 pic.twitter.com/DfEMieSNmN
— The SNP (@theSNP) August 8, 2019
Fair Labor Public Company
ScotRail’s corporate culture will be based on fair work, and will be expected to incorporate Fair Work First in its policies and practices.
Fair Work First is the Scottish Government‘s policy of fairer work practicesincluding:
- Union recognition
- Investment in Workforce Development
- No inappropriate use of zero hour contracts
- Action to tackle the gender pay gap and create a more diverse and inclusive workplace
- Real Living Wage Payment
- Providing flexible and family-friendly work practices for all workers
- Oppose “fire and rehire” tactics
Providing a safer railway for women
We went our railroads to be safe places for women – free from harassment, abuse and violence.
The Scottish Government will consult with women and women’s organizations across the country to better understand their experiences and ensure they can be at the heart of service design it will be safer and better for them to use.
“I know everything, I’ve been there”
🎥As ScotRail becomes public property from April 1st, @jennygilruth says discussions will be held on improving women’s safety
🗣The Minister of Transport says “it’s a systemic problem” pic.twitter.com/sUxkt4ns8j
— Northsound News (@northsoundnews) February 9, 2022
A national conversation on the future of rail
Jenny Gilruth launched a “national conversation” with MSPs from all parties, rail unions and wider partners such as charities and the police, to help determining how we can adapt Scottish Railways to the post-pandemic world.
The public railway will always seek to meet the needs of travellers, to ensure that it is sustainable and ready for the future.