Date lodged: 21 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme will have on (a) congestion and (b) maintenance issues, which are often cited as reasons for delays and cancellations on the Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 11 January 2018
The first Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) electric trains entered service in December 2017. The new class 385 electric trains which will enter service in 2018 will enable the operation of seven and eight carriage length trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow offering a substantial increase in passenger capacity and comfort for travellers on the Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk High route. Analysis undertaken as part of the EGIP business case published in January 2014 indicates that the new longer electric trains will meet passenger demand well into the next decade.
The new class 385 units will be subject to stringent contractual reliability targets which will ensure that the new electric trains will offer significantly improved reliability over existing diesel services.