This is the third passenger franchise in Scotland since privatisation, let by the Scottish Government rather than the Department for Transport in London. The first franchise expiry date is 31 March 2022, with possible extensions up to 31 March 2027. (Unlike previous ScotRail franchises, the contract excludes sleeper services, which are run by a separate operator, Caledonian Sleeper.)
1 April 2015
31 March 2022
Abellio ScotRail Ltd
Long distance, regional and local services in Scotland, with some journeys extended across the border to England, mainly to Carlisle.