All ScotRail articles

  • ScotRail Class 156 (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail aims to eliminate diesel trains in three-stage fleet renewal plan

    2022-08-10T08:28:00Z

    UK: ScotRail is developing plans to withdraw all of its diesel trains as part of a programme to replace 65% of its fleet in 2027-35. The fleet renewal plans involves replacing around 675 vehicles of various types as their leases expire and it becomes uneconomical to ...

  • Stirling station impression
    Rail Business UK

    Stirling station modernisation works to begin

    2022-07-18T05:00:00Z

    UK: Luddon Construction is to begin work on a £5m modernisation of Stirling station on July 18. ScotRail will manage the project, which is scheduled to be completed by spring 2023. Funding is being provided by the Scottish government through Sustrans and by Stirling Council, Network ...

  • ScotRail train
    Rail Business UK

    Be in, be out rail ticketing trial planned in Scotland

    2022-07-01T05:00:00Z

    UK: Discussions are underway for a ‘be in be out’ rail ticketing scheme in Scotland. A pilot could be launched by ScotRail this autumn, with public use from early 2023. Geofences would be installed at stations, with passengers entering the station receiving a message on their ...

  • Scotrail-156458-Rannoch-Viaduct-020721-TM5
    Rail Business UK

    Scotland: Setting priorities for a new era

    2022-06-06T10:16:00Z

    The return of passenger services to public control, along with government targets for decarbonisation and freight modal shift, promise a positive future for Scotland’s rail network. Tony Miles talks to Transport Scotland and Scotland’s Railway about the benefits and challenges of renationalisation.

  • GWR IEP
    Rail Business UK

    Safety was managed well in Class 800 cracking crisis, finds ORR

    2022-04-07T11:36:00Z

    UK: Rail industry processes ensured that passenger safety was not compromised following the discovery of bodyshell cracks on the Hitachi-built Class 800 series trainsets in May 2021, according to a report published by the Office of Rail & Road on April 7.

  • ScotRail train
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail transfers to public ownership

    2022-04-01T13:01:00Z

    UK: ScotRail transferred to public ownership on April 1, with the 04.56 Inverness – Edinburgh train being the first service operated by ScotRail Trains Ltd, an arm’s length company owned and controlled by the Scottish government. The Scottish government had decided it would not to award ...

  • Caledonian Sleeper train
    Rail Business UK

    Temporary Measures Agreements for Scottish passenger services

    2022-03-23T10:08:00Z

    UK: The Scottish government has put in place Temporary Measures Agreements to ensure the continuation of ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services following the expiry of Emergency Measures Agreements. The ScotRail TMA is a short-term deal covering the operation of services by Abellio until ScotRail Trains Ltd ...

  • Accident site at Carmont
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Accident Investigation Branch publishes Carmont derailment report

    2022-03-10T00:02:00Z

    UK: Network Rail and its contractors come in for criticism in the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s report into the fatal derailment at Carmont near Stonehaven. In its report published on March 10, RAIB focuses on the processes put in place to manage drainage at the site. ...

  • West Midlands Railway Birmingham Moor Street DMU (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    West Midlands Trains appoints next Managing Director

    2022-03-09T13:32:00Z

    UK: ScotRail Chief Operating Officer Ian McConnell is to become Managing Director of West Midlands Trains in April, once ScotRail has been transferred from Abellio to public body Scottish Rail Holdings. McConnell was previously Franchise & Programmes Director at Greater Anglia, and ...

  • Thornton junction looking north
    Rail Business UK

    Levenmouth Rail Link reopening works get underway

    2022-03-07T10:47:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has begun construction works for the Levenmouth Rail Link scheme to reopen the 6·5 km branch from Thornton Junction to Leven which has been out of use since 2001.

  • Perpetuum sensor
    Rail Business UK

    Onboard track condition monitoring sensors on trial in Scotland

    2022-03-01T14:19:00Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail’s Perpetuum subsidiary is working with Network Rail, Porterbrook and ScotRail to test the use of onboard digital sensors to automate the detection of track faults. The self-contained and self-powered sensors mounted in trains running in passenger service use a combination of gyroscopes and ...

  • ScotRail request stops
    Rail Business UK

    Technology replaces hand signals at Scottish request stops

    2022-02-16T04:00:00Z

    UK: Eight lightly-used stations on the Far North line in Scotland are being provided with ‘request to stop’ kiosks, removing the need for waiting passengers to give hand signals to the driver of an approaching train. The kiosks supplied by Unipart Technologies Group’s Comms Design will ...

  • Aberdeen ticket office (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail consults on changes to ticket office opening hours

    2022-01-12T14:55:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has launched a review of all customer-facing functions, proposing changes to ticket office opening hours which it said would ‘better match customer purchasing and travelling habits in 2022 rather than 1991’ to provide ‘a financially and environmentally sustainable railway that will deliver value for ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper support extended

    2022-01-04T11:30:00Z

    UK: The Emergency Measures Agreements which temporarily vary the terms of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises have been further extended from December 2021 until February 2022. Under the EMAs, the Scottish government will continue to provide Abellio ScotRail and Serco Caledonian Sleepers with additional funding ...

  • Joanne Maguire
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail announces next Chief Operating Officer

    2021-12-22T11:52:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has announced the appointment of Joanne Maguire to succeed Ian McConnell as Chief Operating Officer on April 1, when the train operator transfers from Abellio to public body Scottish Rail Holdings. Maguire is currently Vice-Principal — Resources at the University of the West of ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    Scottish Rail Holdings managers appointed

    2021-12-13T05:00:00Z

    UK: Two senior appointments have been announced at Scottish Rail Holdings, the Scottish government-owned company being set up to own ScotRail Trains Ltd, which will operate ScotRail passenger services after the current contract held by Abellio expires on March 31 2022. Chris Gibb has been appointed ...

  • Passenger using tablet
    Rail Business UK

    SODOR enters the space race

    2021-11-17T14:15:00Z

    UK: The Satellites for Digitalisation of Railways project has been launched to demonstrate how constellations of communication satellites could be combined with terrestrial telecoms networks to provided passengers and train operators with better onboard connectivity, including in stations and tunnels. SODOR is being developed by a ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street station
    Rail Business UK

    Glasgow Queen Street station rebuild completed

    2021-10-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: The completion of a £120m four-year project to rebuild Glasgow Queen Street station was officially marked on October 4, with a celebration attended by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Delivered as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, the modernisation of Scotland’s third-busiest station was ...

  • The Scottish government has extended the Emergency Measures Agreements for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises until December.
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper Emergency Measures Agreements extended

    2021-09-22T16:14:00Z

    UK: The Scottish government has extended the Emergency Measures Agreements for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises until December. The EMAs put in place in March this year ran from April 1 to September 19. Under the extended agreements the two operators will continue to receive ...

  • Three Hitachi-built electro-diesel trainsets of Class 800 and 802 meet at Plymouth.
    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue and stress led to Hitachi train cracks, finds ORR

    2021-09-10T15:00:00Z

    UK: Both fatigue and stress corrosion led to the cracks that resulted in Hitachi-built Class 80x trainsets and Class 385 EMUs being withdrawn from service earlier this year, according to an interim review released by the Office of Rail & Road.