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Further sets of the new ScotRail Hitachi Class 385 units have become available, allowing the new trains to be introduced onto the North Berwick and Dunbar route.As many as 15 services will operate throughout the week, with a further 12 on Saturdays. The new electric six-carriage trains were introduced on Monday, 10 September.
The new trains have been delayed due to the need to re-design the curved windscreens
which were causing reflections
The trains are part of ScotRail’s £475 million rolling stock investment, following the £858 million electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow by Network Rail. Some of the new fleet are already operating between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High.
It’s the latest in a range of improvements to services in East Lothian, with many of the trains on the route already operating with six carriages, and the majority of peak-time trains expected to run with this increased capacity by the end of the year. Further class 385 trains are due to be introduced on the North Berwick line before the end of the year.
ScotRail's Chief Operating Officer Angus Thom said:
“I am delighted that we are able to introduce another brand new Hitachi class 385 train, this time to the North Berwick route. We know that our customers will really notice the difference.
“This is another step forward for ScotRail as we continue our commitment to building the best railway Scotland has ever had.
“The introduction of these trains will benefit customers all across the country, as they will allow us to move existing trains on this route out across the network. This will help us to deliver faster journeys, more seats, and better services for our customers.”
Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail Bill Reeve said:
“This latest introduction of the class 385 fleet brings the benefits of our new electric trains to North Berwick and Dunbar services and is just the start of delivering more seats across peak services and improved facilities to passengers along this route.
“This is all part of an ongoing Scottish Government commitment to ensuring Scotland’s railways are a popular choice and demonstrates the real benefits of our extensive programme of electrification. Work continues to deliver the remainder of the fleet which, once in service, will increase overall seating capacity by more than 23% across the Scottish network.”
This article first appeared on www.focustransport.org
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