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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01069: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government (a) where and (b) by what date the ScotRail class 385 passenger trains will be (i) manufactured and (ii) assembled, and up to what stage in the process modifications can be made to the design.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 July 2016

The design of the fleet has been agreed and the first tranche of class 385s are currently being built and tested in Japan. Work begins next month to assemble the remainder of the fleet at Hitachi’s new factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. ScotRail plan to introduce them into service between autumn 2017 and early 2019 on various routes in the central belt.

The timing of modifications on the production schedule and related costs are a commercial matter for ScotRail and Hitachi.