As part of the UK review of the rail industry, it was agreed that greater responsibility for railways and rail transport in Scotland would be devolved to Scottish Ministers.
Transport Scotland now has responsibility for the majority of rail powers in Scotland, enabling us to plan future services and target investment.
A safe, efficient rail network is good for the economy. Commuter routes are needed to get people to work. Rail links are vital to move freight across the country, such as coal to keep our power stations working. Rail can improve the quality of life for Scotland's communities by connecting people to better access to health, education and employment opportunities.
Scotland’s rail network has 350 railway stations and 2776 kilometres of track; over 78.3 million passenger journeys are made on the network each year.
What's more, the rail network in the west of Scotland is the most heavily used commuter network in the UK outside London and caters for around 60% of passenger journeys made in Scotland.
Browse this section for information about who's who in the Scottish rail industry, what we do, and what you can expect from us and from Scotland's rail network.