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S5W-14854: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the full fleet of class 385 trains will be (a) delivered to ScotRail and (b) operational; what the cost has been of the delay in delivery; what financial penalties have been imposed on Hitachi as a result of the delay, and whether it will provide a breakdown of what impact the delay has had on capacity. 

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 March 2018

The ScotRail Franchise Agreement requires the full fleet of 

‎ 70 Class 385 trains to be available for passenger service by December 2018. Scottish Ministers continue to receive regular updates from ScotRail and their supplier – Hitachi Rail Europe on their progress to gain approval from the independent Office of Road and Rail to enable service introduction and to achieve that contract target.

Two 7-car formations using existing class 380 electric trains have been running on the Edinburgh – Glasgow route since 10 December 2017 providing 100 extra seats per journey. All eight peak time formations were due to be operated by the new fleet from last December and once that is delivered 26% more seats will be available compared with the 6-car diesel class 170 trains.

Our immediate focus is to ensure ScotRail successfully introduce the new fleet while maintaining their continued focus on performance and reliability. Any delays will need to be resolved within the commercially confidential agreement between Hitachi (manufacturers), ScotRail (operators) & Caledonian Rail (owners - who lease fleet to ScotRail). Late delivery is not anticipated to result in additional costs to Scottish Ministers. Penalties are available to Ministers as a consequence of delays, and this is a commercial matter between Scottish Ministers and ScotRail.