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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16059: Rumbles, Mike (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 19 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-11317 and S5W-11477 by Humza Yousaf on 29 September and 4 October 2017 respectively, regarding a fire on a High Speed Train (HST) unit on 14 September 2017, what its response is to the incident on 17 April 2018, which involved a fire in a power car at Penzance station; whether it can confirm that this unit was scheduled to be transferred to ScotRail, and, if so, whether it will (a) publish a full report of the incident and (b) outline the implications of this for the timetable for the introduction of the refurbished rolling stock.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 1 May 2018

The High Speed Train (HST) power car involved in the incident is currently on lease to Great Western Railway, they are investigating the incident and are responsible for any repairs. Any lessons learned from the incident on 17 April will be taken on-board by the vehicle owner and current operator and shared with Abellio ScotRail. The power car involved will be leased by Abellio ScotRail later this year.