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), what communication it has had with Hitachi regarding what ministers consider the importance to the railway network is of delivering the class 385 trains.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 13 March 2018
The First Minister and I have met twice with senior management from the global Hitachi organisation to reiterate the importance of this new fleet to Scotland’s Railway and the wider Scottish Economy. I also visited the Hitachi factory at Newton Aycliffe last year to see progress with the new fleet and meet the staff there. I am also involved in regular calls and meetings with representatives of Hitachi and ScotRail on this matter.