Public sector bodies will be able to bid for the next ScotRail franchise, Scottish ministers have confirmed. Bidders which are wholly owned by the Scottish government could compete with private firms to run the train service. The parent company of ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne appears likely to be among those bidding for the next contract which begins in 2025. Transport Scotland said David MacBrayne Limited has confirmed its interest in exploring the possibility of a bid.
Ministers confirm that public sector bodies will be able to compete for the rail franchise.