Faster, longer, greener trains for Scotland
New FASTER, LONGER, GREENER trains will be a reality from this September, delivering thousands of extra seats, shorter journey times, improved accessibility, at-seat power points and better wifi.
By December 2017, all trains on the Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk High route will be operated by these new Class 385 trains.
The first is already in Scotland for testing on the Scottish rail network. And 70 will be phased in by December 2018 on these routes:
- Edinburgh – Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High
- Edinburgh – Dunblane / Alloa
- Glasgow Queen Street – Dunblane / Alloa
- Glasgow Queen Street – Cumbernauld / Falkirk Grahamston
- Edinburgh – North Berwick / Dunbar
- Edinburgh – Glasgow Central
- Glasgow Central – Newton / Neilston / Cathcart Circle
A total of £475 million is being invested in renewing or refurbishing the ScotRail fleet over the next seven years. When completed, this major train improvement programme will mean that 90% of ScotRail trains are either brand new or newly refurbished, and customers across Scotland will have access to more modern, comfortable and accessible trains.
- Since April 2015, 200 carriages have or will be added to the ScotRail fleet – taking the total to almost 1,000
- These extra carriages will increase seating capacity across the fleet by 23% by 2019
- Two-thirds of current ScotRail trains will be refurbished by 2018
- More than 17,000 at-seat power points will be added to trains
- 346 more trains will be equipped with free wifi
- Seven Class 320 trains (21 carriages) were refurbished and introduced in Scotland during 2016
- Existing electric trains will begin running on the Edinburgh – Falkirk High – Glasgow Queen St route from July 2017
ScotRail will start to receive its new High Speed fleet in late 2017. The trains will be refurbished before going into passenger service from mid 2018. They will be used on the Glasgow – Aberdeen, Edinburgh – Aberdeen, Glasgow – Inverness, Edinburgh – Inverness and Aberdeen – Inverness routes.
The 26 trains will be formed of 17 x 5 carriage trains and 9 x 4 carriage trains. This allows us to have more carriages in service at any one time [compared to the previous planned configuration of 13 x 5 carriages and 14 x 4 carriages].
As the fleet will be made up of four and five-carriage trains - instead of the current three-carriage trains - the seating capacity will increase.
“This is an extraordinary programme of works that will give Scotland a railway of which we can be truly proud.”
Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance