More stopgap Class 365s arrive in Scotland

SCOTRAIL said it has secured an extra ten Class 365 electric units for the Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street route, where Hitachi Class 385s have yet to enter service because of visibility problems caused by the design of their curved windscreens.

Some Class 170 diesels previously used on the route have been cascaded to England as a result of leases coming to an end, and the 365s will help to compensate for their departure.

ScotRail said the 365s would ‘enter passenger service in the coming weeks’, but no date has yet been fixed for the arrival of the rectified 385s.

ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes said: “I am delighted that we have secured an extra ten electric trains to boost the number of seats available by 17,200 a day.

“Securing these extra trains has been made possible thanks to a lot of our people across the ScotRail Alliance working flat out in recent weeks.

“The coming months will see a transformation in Scotland’s railway, and we can’t wait for customers to feel the benefits. It’s all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”

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