ScotRail unveils first Hitachi Class 385 EMU
THE first Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385 for ScotRail was unveiled at Glasgow Shields Road on December 11, a week before it begins testing on the Scottish rail network.
Four-car 385102 is the first of 70 electric multiple units built by the Japanese company for SR. In total 46 three-car and 24 four-car trains will be delivered. There is an option for a further ten EMUs and discussions have taken place between Hitachi and Transport Scotland, which ordered the ‘385s, but no deal has been signed.
Initially the EMUs will be used on Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk trains from September next year, before being introduced on routes across the country.
Speaking at the launch, Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “We are on the cusp of a rail revolution, and the Class 385 is an important part of that. Importantly they will shorten journey times and provide improved capacity. I want to thank the teams involved, as I believe from signing the deal to the start of testing took ten months.”
He added it was important that the momentum is maintained by all those involved, so that the trains can enter traffic as planned.
Abellio UK Managing Director Dominic Booth said: “The Class 385s are at the centre of what we are doing to improve Scotland’s railways. We are confident that when they become operational, Scottish passengers will see their experience of travelling with ScotRail transformed for the better.”
Phil Verster, MD of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “Today is a landmark day as we welcome the first Class 385 to Scotland. We now have a visible symbol of our ongoing massive rail investment.”
Karen Boswell OBE, MD of Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “We are making excellent progress in our programme to deliver this fleet for Scotland. We’re proud that our trains, built in the UK with Japanese engineering experience, will offer passengers a vastly improved 21st century travelling experience.”
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where the trains will be built and assembled, with 14 being built in Kasado (Japan) and 56 being assembled at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. AT100 & AT200 Programme Manager Andy Radford explained that this was to ensure the timescale is met due to capacity. Maintenance will be carried out at Craigentinny in Edinburgh.
The trains will be introduced onto Edinburgh-Glasgow routes in September 2017, South Glasgow routes to Newton, Neilston and the Cathcart Circle during 2018, to Stirling and Cumbernauld in December 2018, and on the Shotts route in March 2019 subject to electrification being completed.
ScotRail 385102 stands inside Glasgow Shields Road on December 11.