Date lodged: 1 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many fewer seats are available on ScotRail services as a result of the delay in rolling out 385 HST stock, and the consequent reduction to the number of carriages, and how this compares with the total number of seats normally available.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 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. Across both weekday peak periods 6,758 seats are now being provided on Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk services rather than 7,476 which were scheduled to operate up until the end of February.