This agreement replaces the previous Greater Anglia franchise agreement in 2014. The reason that is given to MSPs for the end of the franchise is 2022 carefully to the contractual option to do so and avoid defects in the management of Abellio with the franchise since 2015. Updated franchise agreement on version 5.5, which contains an amendment to Schedule 5.9 schedule 1 to increase funding for the STNR program. Just days after the introduction of a new roadmap and the opening of a new station in Glasgow, Abellio reached the end of the line in Scotland. The operator, which has managed almost all of Scotland`s network links at more than 350 stations since 1 April 2015, turned the signals red at this afternoon`s meeting at Holyrood in Edinburgh. The news comes from a British report that is expected to call into question the viability of the entire rail system franchise management system in the UK. A solid Alex Hynes, the CEO of Abellio Scotrail, said it was normal from a rail point of view. The nature of the business was that it would continue to unwind the planned program of work that is already in the pipeline. These included recent improvements to infrastructure and services around Aberdeen in the north-east of Scotland, as well as new electric vehicles for central Scotland.
When asked in a radio interview if there was a likelihood that Abellio would be involved in other franchised transactions in the UK, he was narrow-minded and simply said that he expected to work in the industry for the rest of his career. For his part, Abellio has not shown a lack of appetite and it is only recently that the East Midlands franchise has taken over in England. “We also welcome the opportunity for a public provider to manage the franchise in two years, Matheson told MSPs in Holyrood that he rejected abellio`s request to increase the necessary subsidy from 2022, which resulted in the franchise ending this year. The franchise system for the British railways has stopped. Last year, the Scottish Government acknowledged that it would allow a public sector to compete with the next franchise, while remaining close to approving its nationalisation. In the following proceedings, the Minister of Transport did not open the government to a legal challenge, but his comments left some speculation that the franchise could be sent back to the government prematurely. This is not without a president, as the franchise on the east coast, which mainly serves Edinburgh and London, has failed several times and has asked the British government to intervene. In Scotland, it is speculated that a public sector bidder may have already taken over to take over the operation of ScotRail.
The Dutch company has been running the franchise since 2015, but has been criticised for cancellations and performance levels. The franchise of Abellio, Scotland`s main rail operator, ends three years earlier after commuters turned on following train cancellations and poor service. However, Matheson said a so-called “break” clause would be used to end the franchise three years earlier, in 2022.