The Scotland’s government says a new rail transportation act will make it easier for people to get back home to Scotland after the country’s railways closed down in October.
The Scottish government said Tuesday that the new law would make it possible for people who had been stranded in remote areas of the country to return to Scotland.
It was signed into law last week by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a key ally of the Scottish Conservative Party, and will apply to all rail operators and parts of the Northern Isles.
It comes as the Scottish government struggles to get the country back on track after a crippling financial crisis and a series of disasters hit the railways.
In October, more than 1,000 people died and more than 300 were injured when a freight train crashed into a wall in the countrys first major disaster.
That caused a massive rail collapse and killed a total of 3,800 people.
More than 400 people were killed and more 600 injured in the worst rail accident in the nations history.
The government said it is working to extend the lifespans of the rail network.
The first phase of the legislation will require all companies operating in Scotland to offer a 24-hour phone line to any stranded passengers, regardless of their destination.