Date lodged: 22 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when the new Abellio ScotRail rolling stock will come into operation on the Edinburgh – Glasgow line and what plans there are to introduce new rolling stock on other services, broken down by (a) date of introduction and (b) cost.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 30 November 2016
ScotRail is committed to gradually introduce the new c385 trains on services operating between Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High from September 2017 with all of the services on this route to be fully operated by the new fleet from December 2017.
During 2018 these will be rolled out onto services such as Dunblane/ Alloa/ Stirling, North Berwick/ Dunbar, south Glasgow suburban lines and Edinburgh - Glasgow via Shotts and by January 2019 the full fleet of 70 trains (46 three car and 24 four cars) will have been delivered. More detailed information is contained on the Abellio ScotRail website https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/new-trains