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S5W-09325: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of how the ScotRail fleet complies with rail vehicle access regulations, and whether it will list the (a) number and (b) type of rolling stock that (i) complies and (ii) does not comply.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 31 May 2017

The entire ScotRail and Serco Caledonian Sleeper train fleets will comply with the Technical Specifications for Interoperability for Persons with Reduced Mobility (the TSI PRM) standards by 1 January 2020 as required by the Equality Act 2010.

Currently, 75% of the ScotRail fleet meets the rail vehicle accessibility standards (previously RVAR introduced in 1999 and superseded by the TSI PRM in 2008)and a programme of refurbishment is in place that will ensure 100% of the ScotRail fleet will comply as required. Details by train type are as follows:

Train Type

RVAR Compliant

TSI PRM Compliant

C156 (Diesel)

Yes

Under refurbishment to comply by 1 January 2020

C158 (Diesel)

Yes

Under refurbishment to comply by 1 January 2020

C170 (Diesel)

Yes

Yes

C314 (electric)

No

Trains off lease before 1 January 2020

C318 (electric)

Yes

Under refurbishment to comply by 1 January 2020

C320 (electric)

Yes

Yes

C334 (electric)

Yes

Yes

C380 (electric)

Yes

Yes

C385 (electric)

Yes

Yes (to be introduced in 2017)

High Speed trains (Diesel)

Yes

Yes (to be introduced in 2018)

The Serco Caledonian Sleeper fleet currently complies with the RVAR standards and the new fleet of trains to be introduced in 2018 will comply with the TSI PRM standards.