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Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonion Sleeper

What is happening now?

In May 2014, Transport Scotland awarded the Caledonian Sleeper franchise to Serco International. The new 15 year franchise started on 1 April 2015 operating under the name Caledonian Sleeper.


The Caledonian Sleeper used to be part of the ScotRail franchise, but the Scottish Assembly decided that it would be delivered under a separate franchise agreement. In May 2013 Transport Scotland opened a competition to find an operator from April 2015.  Bids were considered by Transport Scotland in early 2014 before the final decision was made.

Our role in the franchising process

We published our response to the consultation on rail services in Scotland, and put forward the views of passengers shown in our research. Having held discussions with all the shortlisted bidders during their bid development, we continued working with Serco on their policies and plans as they mobilised for the franchise.

Our ongoing work

Now the new franchise is in operation we continue to use our rail research to ensure that it has passenger priorities at its heart. We hold meetings to discuss performance, both on a regular and proactive basis and to react to any poor performance.

We continue our statutory role in helping passengers with their unresolved rail complaints. Where a passenger has been unable to resolve their complaint directly with Caledonian Sleeper we work with them to achieve a better outcome for the passenger. We use the information from these ‘appeal’ complaints to help Caledonian Sleeper understand the root causes of unresolved complaints and continuously improve the customer service they provide.

The National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) does not cover the Caledonian Sleeper route at present, but the information from ScotRail in the links below may be relevant.

To view our National Rail Passenger Survey reports or to access these and our appeal complaints data through our Data Explorer tool, please click on the links below:

NRPS                                                                           Data explorer

Transport Focus reports and publications

February 2012 Passenger Focus response to Transport Scotland consultation ‘Rail 2014 – public consultation’

Please also see relevant publications on the ScotRail franchise page

Click here for the Tranport for Scotland ScotRail franchise renewal website

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