SCOTLAND – INDEPENDENCE OR ‘DEVO-MAX’ – WHAT MIGHT IT MEAN FOR RAILWAYS?

READERS of my Long View columns in Railnews, and of some of my recent blogs on this website, may have detected an increasing concern about how our railways are to be developed unless this country’s governance system, both at national and regional level, is changed from its present London-centric control.  Now the biggest challenge to the present system will be on 18 September, when voters registered in Scotland answer the question: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’

But whichever way the referendum goes, it seems to me there are serious implications for our railway’s organisation and structure. Continue reading