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The Scottish Government decided to suspend the franchising system in April 2020.

The franchise on this page then ceased to exist on normal commercial terms and was replaced by an Emergency Measures Agreement, which guaranteed an income to the operator and removed commercial risk.

The Scottish Government announced on 18 September that its EMAs would be extended from 20 September 2020 to January 2021, pending further discussions.



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 was 31 March 2022, with possible extensions up to 31 March 2027. The Scottish Government announced on 18 December 2019 that the contract would be terminated on 31 March 2022, without any extension.

Unlike previous ScotRail franchises, the contract excludes sleeper services, which are run by a separate operator, Caledonian Sleeper.

The Scottish Government announced on 17 March 2021 that the termination of the Abellio contract at the end of March 2022 would not be followed by a replacement franchise or a direct award. Instead, ScotRail will be operated by a new company owned by the Scottish Government.

start date
1 April 2015
end date
31 March 2022

owned by
Abellio BV

legal title
Abellio ScotRail Ltd

service area
Long distance, regional and local services in Scotland, with some journeys extended across the border to England, mainly to Carlisle.



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