Abellio’s operation of the ScotRail franchise will end in March 2022, three years earlier than planned.
Abellio’s franchise began in April 2015 and was due to run until 2025, but with a break point in 2022. Following a rebasing process to determine future cost and revenue assumptions and therefore subsidy levels, Scottish Ministers have decided not to rebase the contract, meaning existing subsidy levels will remain in place until the franchise ends, expected to be in 2022. Mr Mathieson told the Parliament that ministers are ‘not satisfied that the significant increase in public subsidy that would otherwise be required, would generate commensurate benefits for passengers, communities and the economy’.
Abellio UK Managing Director Dominic Booth said: ‘We are hugely disappointed by this decision and believe it’s the wrong choice for Scotland’s Railway and its customers.
‘Our offer to Transport Scotland would have delivered an improved service for our customers at a reduced cost to the taxpayer.’