First con­verted ‘320/4s s’ be­gin Scot­tish du­ties

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

THE first two fully-re­fur­bished Class 320/4s en­tered traf­fic with ScotRail on Au­gust 17, al­beit later than planned.

One three-car elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit (320415) was de­liv­ered to Glas­gow Shields Road in late June, but is­sues sur­round­ing gauge clear­ance meant it could not en­ter traf­fic. This was de­spite it be­ing iden­ti­cal to the 22 Class 320/3s that have been in use in the Strath­clyde re­gion since 1990. The sec­ond EMU (320417) was de­liv­ered on July 29.

Wabtec Rail at Don­caster has con­verted the EMUs from four-car 321415 and 321417 re­spec­tively. Each ’320/4’ has had one ve­hi­cle re­moved - Trailer Stan­dard Open (TSO) 71963 from the for­mer and TSO 71965 from the lat­ter.

The ‘320/4s’ are be­ing in­tro­duced onto cross-Glas­gow trains us­ing subur­ban lines through Glas­gow Cen­tral Low Level. They are leased from Ever­sholt Rail and form part of SR’s £475 mil­lion train im­prove­ment pro­gramme.

The re­fur­bished EMUs fea­ture 213 seats, plug sock­ets, CCTV and Pas­sen­ger In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems. They are also fit­ted with ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets, and will be fit­ted with WiFi from Septem­ber.

Two more ‘320/4s’ will shortly be re­leased from Don­caster - 320413 and 320414 (ex-321413/414 re­spec­tively), while three ‘320/4s’ al­ready in traf­fic with SR and which have yet to be re­fur­bished (320411/412/416) will all re­turn to Don­caster for re­fur­bish­ment.

SR said that the re­fur­bished trains will en­ter traf­fic at a rate of one ev­ery few weeks un­til Oc­to­ber.

The re­fur­bish­ment project is be­ing jointly funded by ScotRail and train owner Ever­sholt Rail, which is also man­ag­ing this project.

“This pro­gramme of re­fur­bish­ments will bring bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties, wheel­chair spa­ces, ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets and more seats when they be­gin to op­er­ate in and around Glas­gow,” said Scot­tish Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf.

Mary Kenny, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Ever­sholt Rail Group, said: “The Class 320 re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme demon­strates the im­por­tance of Scot­land to us, and our com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing the best value and high­est qual­ity rolling stock to our cus­tomers and their rail pas­sen­gers.”

The ‘321/4s’ were used by Lon­don Mid­land un­til last Septem­ber, when they were sent off-lease. Two (321413/414) went on short-term lease to Lon­don Over­ground for a pe­riod at the start of the year. They were re­placed on LM trains by seven four-car Class 319s cas­caded from Govia Thames­link Rail­way.

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