Rail ser­vices to im­prove on New­ton line

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Rail trav­ellers in parts of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are set to ben­e­fit from new, elec­tric Hi­tachi class 385 trains.

The trains are be­ing rolled out as part of ScotRail’s £475mil­l­lion, seven-year im­prove­ment pro­gramme.

They will run on the Glas­gow Cen­tral - New­ton/Neil­ston/ Cath­cart cir­cle lines from 2018 on­wards.

Sta­tions that will be served will in­clude King’s Park, Croft­foot, Burn­side, Kirkhill and New­ton.

The trains are also be­ing in­tro­duced on sev­eral lines be­tween Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh.

Speak­ing as they un­veiled a new­lyre­fur­bished Class 318 train on Mon­day Derek Mackay, min­is­ter for trans­port and is­lands, and ScotRail Al­liance man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Phil Ver­ster an­nounced:

180 car­riages will be added to the fleet – bring­ing the to­tal to al­most 1000

Two-thirds of cur­rent ScotRail trains will be re­fur­bished by 2018

More than 17,000 at-seat power points will be added to trains

346 more trains will be equipped with free wifi

Seven Class 320 trains will be in­tro­duced in Scot­land from early 2016.

All 21 of ScotRail’s Class 318s are be­ing fully re­fur­bished, with new ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets and wheel­chair spa­ces, af­fect­ing pas­sen­gers on the Ar­gyle line through Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

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