Date lodged: 1 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when the roll-out of the Hitachi class 385 trains will be complete.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 August 2018
The latest output schedule from Hitachi shows that they plan to deliver all 70 class 385 trains to Scotland by next April. This will allow ScotRail to introduce the full fleet by the May 2019 timetable change date across various central belt routes.
The next tranche of trains to be accepted will support further driver training and the next service introduction milestone will see another three pairs introduced onto the Edinburgh/Glasgow (E-G) via Falkirk High route during September. As more new Hitachi trains enter passenger service across the central belt this in turn will allow more class 380 trains to be transferred back to Inverclyde services.