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Public Transport Agency Can Improve, Says Audit Scotland

Magazine article Public Finance

Public Transport Agency Can Improve, Says Audit Scotland

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Scotland's public transport agency is managing the franchise for passenger rail services effectively but there is room for improvement, a watchdog report has concluded.

Audit Scotland said Transport Scotland, which was set up in 2006, had good arrangements in place for monitoring and managing First ScotRail services.

But there was scope 'to take more account of both passengers' concerns and wider government priorities in the targets and measures that Transport Scotland uses'.

It added that information about First ScotRail's performance 'could be more readily available to passengers'.

The report. The First ScotRail passenger railfranchise, published on November 28, follows a study of how Transport Scotland is managing the rail franchise awarded to First ScotRail in 2004.

It also examined the rail company's performance and the awarding of a three-year extension to the franchise.

Auditor general Bob Black said Transport Scotland secured a guaranteed investment of ? …

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