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S5W-15943: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the expected lifetime mileage capacity is of a class 43 High Speed Train, and what the average mileage is of the refurbished class 43 units that are being introduced to the ScotRail fleet.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 April 2018

Scottish Government does not hold this information but all 54 of the class 43 power cars will undergo significant upgrades prior to being introduced into service on Scottish inter-city routes from this summer with the first few already here in Scotland. They will run between Scotland’s seven main cities, delivering 40% more seats than operate on those routes today and are faster, popular with passengers and will be upgraded to provide the latest standard of comfort, accessibility and catering provision.

Good, high quality refurbishment can deliver a passenger experience comparable with new rolling stock. HSTs’ key components have been changed many times over and the work that will be carried out before they enter passenger service will deliver a reliable, refurbished train with extended life.