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  • The Scottish government has extended the Emergency Measures Agreements for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises until December.
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    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.
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    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and stress corrosion led to the cracks that resulted in Hitachi-built Class 80x trainsets and Class 385 EMUs being withdrawn from service earlier this year, according to an interim review released by the Office of Rail & Road.

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    ScotRail consults on reduced post-pandemic timetable

    2021-08-23T12:39:00Z

    UK: Facing the possibility of a long-term reduction in passenger numbers following the pandemic, ScotRail has begun a two-month consultation on a permanent cut in weekday services from around 2 400 to 2 100 trains from May 2022.

  • The Office of Rail & Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May.
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    ‘Lessons learned’ review of Hitachi train crack issue

    2021-06-09T15:34:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May. ORR said it would ...

  • Inverness Airport railway station artist's impression
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    Inverness Airport station approved

    2021-05-28T05:00:00Z

    UK: Highland Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals to build a station at Inverness Airport on the Aberdeen – Inverness line. Located approximately 12 km northeast of the city, where the railway runs along the side of the airport, the station will have two ...

  • Inter7City face covering
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    ScotRail tests on-train Covid-19 check-in system

    2021-05-26T15:52:00Z

    UK: As part of Scotland’s coronavirus measures, ScotRail is undertaking an eight-week trial of the NHS Test Protect Check In Scotland QR code system on one of its Inter7City trainsets, at the request of the Scottish government and Transport Scotland. From May 24, ...

  • gb ScotRail Class 318
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    ScotRail EMU overhaul contract awarded

    2021-05-25T14:09:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded Brodie Engineering a ‘multimillion pound’ contract for the time-based overhaul of its fleet of 21 Class 318 electric multiple-units operated by ScotRail. This includes the safety critical overhaul of components including traction equipment, doors and heating and ventilation ...

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    ​Mass cancellations as Hitachi trains grounded by cracks

    2021-05-09T19:26:00Z

    UK: A significant number of train services were cancelled over the weekend of May 8-9 after cracks were discovered in electric and electro-diesel trains constructed by Hitachi Rail for several operators.

  • The ScotRail franchise is to be taken over by the Scottish Government on the expiry of the current contract with Abellio in March 2022
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    Scottish Government to take over ScotRail in March 2022

    2021-03-17T17:10:00Z

    UK: The ScotRail franchise is to be taken over by the Scottish Government on the expiry of the current contract with Abellio in March 2022, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has confirmed. Services are to be operated by an arm’s length Operator of Last Resort, wholly ...

  • gb ScotRail active travel Class 153 (1)
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    ScotRail plans Active Travel DMU deployment on West Highland Line

    2021-03-15T12:00:00Z

    UK: ScotRail hopes to see the first of its five ‘Active Travel’ coaches converted from Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units entering service during the May 2021 timetable. The main challenge is the training of 38 drivers from Oban and Glasgow Queen Street depots whilst coronavirus social ...

  • ScotRail operated a VIP preview run from Aberdeen to Edinburgh with its first refurbished HST set on October 10. (Photos: Tony Miles)
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    ScotRail’s Inter7City HST fleet delivered

    2021-03-10T05:00:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has taken delivery of the last of the Inter7City HST sets being refurbished by Wabtec in Doncaster to operate services linking Scotland’s major cities. The Inter7City fleet is intended to comprise nine four-car and 17 five-car sets, but all are currently operating as ...

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    ScotRail looks to extended Emergency Measures Agreement

    2021-03-09T11:15:00Z

    UK: With its existing Emergency Measures Agreement due to expire at the end of March, ScotRail has confirmed that is currently in discussions with the Scottish Government about a third agreement. Support of around £108m has been provided under the current agreement which runs from ...

  • gb ScotRail EMU frost
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    ScotRail makes changes to reflect reduced demand

    2021-01-15T16:17:00Z

    UK: ScotRail is to reduce the length of some trains from January 18, reflecting the significant reduction in demand as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions as well as staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. Further changes may be implemented following a more thorough review of ...

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    ScotRail offers free ticket refunds after coronavirus rule changes

    2020-12-21T17:19:00Z

    UK: ScotRail is to offer free refunds on unused tickets bought on or before December 20, following the Scottish Government’s announcement of more travel restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period. In order to claim the fee-free refund, customers must keep hold of their tickets ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 (Photo: Darrel Hendrie/Eversholt Rail)
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    Alstom awarded Class 334 EMU overhaul contract

    2020-11-20T16:38:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded supplier Alstom Transport UK a £12∙4m contract to undertake the mileage-based overhaul of its fleet of 40 three-car Class 334 Juniper electric multiple-units which are operated by ScotRail. The programme will commence in October 2021 with the work on ...

  • The line between Aberdeen and Dundee will reopen on November 3, after the completion of work to repair the railway following the derailment at Carmont near Stonehaven on August 12.
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    Aberdeen – Dundee line to reopen on November 3

    2020-10-30T16:50:00Z

    UK: The line between Aberdeen and Dundee will reopen on November 3, after the completion of work to repair the railway following the derailment at Carmont near Stonehaven on August 12. Three people died in the derailment, and there was extensive damage to the track, ...

  • gb ScotRail active travel Class 153 (3)
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    ScotRail’s active travel coach offers space for skis, tandems and e-bikes

    2020-10-21T12:44:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has unveiled the interior of the first of the five ‘active travel’ coaches which are being produced by modifying Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units to carry up to 20 bicycles, bulky luggage and sporting equipment such as skis. The vehicles ...

  • gb Kintore station
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    Kintore station opens

    2020-10-15T11:32:00Z

    UK: A new station at Kintore, northwest of Aberdeen on the line to Inverness, was opened for revenue service on October 15, reinstating a rail service to the town 56 years after closure of the original station on different site. Facilitated by re-doubling of the Aberdeen ...

  • gb ScotRail Class 380 EMU (1)
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    ScotRail begins Class 380 EMU refurbishment

    2020-10-02T05:00:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has begun a programme to refurbish its fleet of 22 three-car and 16 four-car Siemens Class 380 electric multiple-units as they approach 10 years old. Funded by leasing company Eversholt Rail, the work is being undertaken at the operator’s Shields Road depot in Glasgow. ...

  • The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises,
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    ScotRail Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, following on from the six-month Emergency Measures Agreement introduced in April 2020, which was due to expire on September 20. Announcing on September 18 an extension to January 10 2021, the ...