Date lodged: 23 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many trains on the ScotRail network will reach the end of their lease by August 2018; how many carriages will be taken out of service because of this, and what contingency measures it will introduce to mitigate any capacity reductions.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 March 2018
ScotRail is working to address all necessary technical issues to allow the introduction of class 385 Hitachi trains onto Edinburgh - Glasgow services in the coming months. In addition, four fully refurbished and longer High Speed Trains (HSTs) will gradually be introduced on the Aberdeen to Edinburgh inter-city route across the summer. This is part of the plan to expand the ScotRail fleet by more than 200 more carriages over the next 15 months.
Lease end dates of all rolling stock in the ScotRail fleet is contained within the publically available Franchise Agreement, and this is due to be updated through the regular Variation process to reflect revised lease end dates and newly acquired fleets. ScotRail continues to work hard to ensure that adequate capacity is provided between Edinburgh and Glasgow in light of Hitachi delays.