[ 08-10-2014 ]
Commenting on the decision to award the next ScotRail franchise to Dutch bidder Abellio, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
"Scotland's rail services are a vital part of the connectivity that helps Scotland's economy to thrive. Throughout the past ten years, First Group, based in Aberdeen, have done a tremendous job in improving Scotland's rail services during a time of great change for the industry. They have shown vision and ambition for running a rail service that meets the needs of business and leisure users.
"Abellio come to the franchise with a strong track record in the industry, both within the UK and internationally. They will take over the franchise at a key time, with electrification works commencing in Central Scotland and a growing imperative to upgrade the quality of services for the thriving economies of the North and North East of Scotland. One of Abellio's early challenges will be to ensure that rail services in these vital areas are up to the job of serving some of Scotland's most important businesses."
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