The Anonymous Widower

Scotland To Keep Class 170 Trains

This article on Global Rail News, which is entitled Scotland promises bumper timetable from 2018, says this.

ScotRail will introduce 200 additional services to its timetable from 2018 after extending its lease on 13 Class 170 diesel multiple units.

Additional funding from the Scottish government will allow ScotRail to retain 39 Class 170 carriages beyond 2018.

The deal, which was announced yesterday (March 15), represents 20,000 extra seats daily.

It’s all a bit of a surprise to me, in that I had assumed that the Class 170 trains, that will be released by brand-new Class 385 trains would be moved elsewhere.

So it could be that Scotland’s gain is a loss in England and Wales?

But there could be another reason, why there has been no adverse comment from the rest of the UK!

New trains could be coming to lines that desperately need replacements for elderly diesel multiple units.

Already we’ve had the order for CAF Civity trains, but this non-transfer tells me something else could be on the cards.

  • Another order for new trains.
  • The predicted Class 387 IPEMUs will finally appear.

It will be interesting to see what happens.


March 16, 2016 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

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