Both SNP and Labour wish to change the franchise rules in Scotland to allow public sector bodies to bid to operate ScotRail. Abellio is a subsidiary of Dutch State Railways.
The SNP Policy Officer wrote:
"Early in the next Parliament, we will take steps to ensure that a public sector operator is able to bid for a future rail contract and that there is a public sector body able to do so. We will use our new powers to enable this to happen."