Date lodged: 27 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00950 by Humza Yousaf on 27 February 2018 (Official Report, c. 7), how many services will operate with fewer carriages each day until the class 385 trains are operational.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 13 March 2018
There are 124 weekday services, 62 in each direction, on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High route. The allocation of carriages which are planned to operate until the introduction of the class 385 trains has taken account of measured passenger demand on particular services.
30 of the very busiest services are now running with more carriages and 100 extra seats per journey since December 2017, with seven carriages instead of six. 33 of the services are now running with fewer carriages than in December 2017: 18 with four carriages instead of six and 15 with three carriages instead of six.