Scottish Independence - A closer look at Transport

As we approach September 18 – the date of the Scottish independence referendum – the position of transport services within Scotland, and services connecting with the rest of the British Isles, remains uncertain. If there is a Yes vote, an independent Scotland will need to elect a new government; there is no way of knowing which party, if any, will gain a majority, and thus we can’t be sure which party will be in a position to decide future transport policy.

In the light of this uncertainty, we have identified a number of questions and issues to be aware of. Because we work extensively both with and within Scotland, these questions are at the forefront of our minds; clients can be reassured that we are ready to help and advise without political bias, offering them solutions that anticipate and respond to the changing situation.

In the case of a Yes vote, it is possible that we will see the respective governments differing in the emphasis they place on the various modes of transport. There may also be questions around the technical standards required for vehicles in the two countries, with potentially different roles for the two Offices of Rail Regulation.

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.