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  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail to trial all-day Off Peak fares


    UK: Off Peak tickets on routes where fares are controlled by ScotRail will be valid all day under a six-month trial running from October 3 until March 29 2024. The Scottish government-funded project aims to encourage people to travel by rail instead of car. ScotRail said ...

  • ScotRail Class 385
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    ScotRail fare rises announced


    UK: ScotRail fares are to increase by 4·8% from July 3, with no increase for season tickets and flexi-passes. Transport Scotland said disposable income in Scotland rose by 6% in the year to Q4 2022, and the fare rise was calculated based on being equal overall ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    Scottish Rail Holdings board members appointed


    UK: On April 26 Scotland’s Minister for Transport Kevin Stewart announced the appointment of two non-executive directors to the board of Scottish Rail Holdings, the non-departmental public body wholly owned by the Scottish government which acts as the owning group for train operator ScotRail. Richard Cairns ...

  • ScotRail Highland Explorer Class 153 and Class 156 (Photo ScotRail)
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    ScotRail to carry more bikes to Mallaig


    UK: ScotRail has increased its capacity for carrying bicycles on the West Highland line with the introduction of Highland Explorer DMUs on services to and from Mallaig.

  • Kevin Stewart
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    Scottish Transport Minister Kevin Stewart aims to prioritise passenger needs


    UK: ‘Our aim for public ownership of ScotRail is delivering a service which listens and responds to passenger need’, said Kevin Stewart, when he was appointed Minister for Transport by Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf. Stewart was elected as Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen ...

  • ScotRail Highland Explorer Class 153 and Class 156 (Photo ScotRail)
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    ScotRail to scrap Highland Explorer supplement


    UK: ScotRail is to remove the £10 supplement for using its Highland Explorer diesel multiple-units from April 1, and the vehicles adapted to carry bicycles and sporting equipment will also be introduced on the Mallaig route. The Class 153 DMUs owned by leasing company Angel Trains ...

  • Inverness Airport station inauguration February 2 2023
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    Inverness Airport station opens


    UK: Inverness Airport station opened to passengers on February 3, after being inaugurated by Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth the previous day. The station 12 km northeast of the city on the line to Aberdeen is intended to improve transport links to the airport, business park ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    Eversholt awards Class 334 overhaul contract


    UK: Eversholt Rail has awarded Alstom a £12m contract for the mileage-based overhaul 40 three-car Class 334 electric multiple-units which are leased by ScotRail. The contract announced on January 5 covers the overhaul of pneumatic and electrical components on the Alstom-built 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs, ...

  • Chris Gibb NR
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    Gibb to leave Scottish Rail Holdings citing political interference


    UK: Transport Scotland has confirmed that the current CEO of Scottish Rail Holdings, Chris Gibb, will leave his post when his fixed term contract comes to an end on March 31.

  • ScotRail Class 156 (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    ScotRail aims to eliminate diesel trains in three-stage fleet renewal plan


    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
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    Stirling station modernisation works to begin


    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
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    Be in, be out rail ticketing trial planned in Scotland


    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 ...

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    Scotland: Setting priorities for a new era


    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.

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


    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
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    ScotRail transfers to public ownership


    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
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    Temporary Measures Agreements for Scottish passenger services


    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
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    Rail Accident Investigation Branch publishes Carmont derailment report


    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)
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    West Midlands Trains appoints next Managing Director


    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
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    Levenmouth Rail Link reopening works get underway


    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
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    Onboard track condition monitoring sensors on trial in Scotland


    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 ...