Ferry company CalMac says it wants to take over Scotland’s trains

Thursday May 31st, 2018

CalmMac has told MSPs it would like to take over Scotland’s trains (May 31st).Government Opportunities

The firm’s chairman David McGibbon told Holyrood’s Economy and Communities Committee that the company had indicated to Transport Scotland it was interested in the possibility of taking over the rail network.

The Scottish Government is examining the suitability of existing public bodies to make a bid for the franchise or whether to create a new public transport organisation for this.

McGibbon said: “We’ve not had detailed conversations but we’ve indicated to Transport Scotland that we are willing to talk.

CalMac manager Robbie Drummond added: “We have indicated our interest in having a discussion with Transport Scotland about the possibility of us operating a rail service.”

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