Scottish Greens call for Caledonian Sleeper to be brought into public ownership

Following today’s announcement that the Serco Caledonian Sleepers Ltd franchise agreement is to be terminated, the Scottish Greens have called for the service to be brought into public ownership. 

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“This would seem to be a logical opportunity to look again at the potential to bring the Caledonian Sleeper operations into public ownership.

“In particular at such a time of acute financial hardship for people up and down the country, and when our climate actions have never been more important, this seems a sensible and progressive idea to be looked at.

“We have already seen a warm and encouraging reception to ScotRail services being brought under public control. 

“Improving Scotland’s railways and its connections to the UK and beyond, is vital in both bringing people together and climate proofing our transport services, with people at the very heart of the decision making process. 

“With an experienced, dedicated workforce and a strong customer base it is time that our railways service the needs of passengers, not the bank balances of shareholders.

“I will be contacting the Transport Secretary to see how this can be explored and actioned further.”