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Abellio ScotRail
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Franchise(s): ScotRail
1 April 2015 - 31 March 2025
Main Region(s): Scotland
Other Region(s): Cumbria
Newcastle upon Tyne
Fleet size: 288
Stations operated: 346
Route km operated: 3032.0
National Rail abbreviation: SR
Parent company: Abellio part of Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Web site:

ScotRail[1] is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Abellio operating the ScotRail franchise.[2][3]

History[change | change source]

An old First ScotRail train

National Express operated the ScotRail franchise from March 1997 until October 2004.

On 28 July 2003 Transport Scotland announced Arriva, First and National Express had been chosen to bid for the new franchise.[4]

On 11 June 2004 Transport Scotland awarded the new franchise to First with the services operated by ScotRail moving to First ScotRail on 17 October 2004.[5][6] It originally traded as First ScotRail before being rebranded as ScotRail in September 2008.[7]

On 8 October 2014, Abellio were awarded the franchise beating First. They started running the trains in April 2015.

References[change | change source]

Preceded by
First ScotRail
Operator of ScotRail franchise
2004 — present