Press Release

Rail industry responds to ministerial statement on ScotRail

11 February 2022

The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the rail supply community, has responded to the confirmation that ScotRail services will transfer into public ownership from 1 April 2022.

RIA Scotland head David Clarke, responded: “The Scottish Government has confirmed ScotRail’s new structure from this April, and set out its priorities for the network going forward, stressing the need to deliver an affordable, sustainable and customer focused rail service. RIA and our members urge that the transition to the new structure is made as seamless as possible, so rail suppliers can continue to deliver effectively, to time and budget, without any hiatus in work.

 “Rail suppliers across Scotland and the UK support thousands of jobs and drive investment and economic growth, and have the capabilities to build a net zero railway. As the Scottish Government delivers these changes, it is important it prioritises engaging closely with the supply chain, which plays a pivotal role in building, maintaining and upgrading the country’s rail network.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The confirmation can be found here.

  2. About RIA Scotland: RIA Scotland is the voice of the Scottish rail supply community, representing RIA members across the nation. Rail in Scotland supports £3.1bn in economic growth (GVA), 56,000 jobs and £1bn in tax revenue and is an essential industry in delivering the Scottish Government's economic growth and decarbonisation agendas.

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