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  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail introduces emergency timetable


    UK: Following the rejection of a pay offer and a decision by many drivers not to make themselves available for overtime work, ScotRail is to introduce a temporary timetable from July 10 which removes around 600 services. The company said the changes are ’a result of ...

  • Glasgow Subway Stadler train (Photo SPT) (3)
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    Scottish transport ticketing goes digital


    UK: Unicard has migrated paper-based ZoneCard tickets valid on ScotRail, Glasgow Subway and bus services in the west of Scotland to its ITSO-compliant smart ticketing platform. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport awarded the contract with the aim of improving the passenger experience and reducing the complexity of ...

  • Levenmouth reopening ceremony (Photo Transport Scotland)
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    Levenmouth rail link officially opened


    UK: The reinstated Levenmouth railway was official inaugurated by Scotland’s First Minister John Swinney on May 29, ahead of the start of passenger services on June 2.

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    Separate MDs appointed for Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail


    UK: Separate Managing Directors have been appointed for infrastructure manager Network Rail in Scotland and for passenger train operator ScotRail, though the organisations have stressed their commitment to the current alliance model of close co-operation. Both Managing Director roles are currently held jointly by Alex Hynes, ...

  • Motorola Solutions body camera
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    ScotRail offers all front-line staff body-worn cameras


    UK: ScotRail has equipped its front-line staff with more than 1 000 Motorola Solutions VB400 body-worn cameras, building on an initial deployment in 2017. ‘We are making body cameras available to all of our front-line staff, and any team member who wishes to use one can ...

  • Alex Hynes (Photo Network Rail)
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    Alex Hynes appointed DfT Director General Rail Services


    UK: The Department for Transport has appointed Alex Hynes as Director General Rail Services. He is due to join on a two-year secondment from his current position as Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway on April 15. Interim Director General Anit Chandarana will return to Network Rail ...

  • Glasgow Central station entrance
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    ScotRail trials Smart Kiosk ticket machine


    TICKETING: ScotRail is trialling a Smart Kiosk ticket vending machine supplied by Cammax which is designed to provide passengers in Scotland with a wider range of ticket options and information. As well as purchasing tickets on the day of travel, passengers can obtain live travel information, including ...

  • East Linton station opening
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    East Linton station opens


    UK: East Linton station on the East Coast Main Line opened on December 13. ScotRail and TransPennine Express will provide 22 services each weekday with an average journey time to Edinburgh of 22 min. The £15m station was built by contractor BAM Nuttall with AECOM providsing ...

  • Students from Glasgow Caledonian University’s Graduate Diploma in Low Vision Rehabilitation took part in a practical training session at Milngavie station
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    Low Vision Rehabilitation students trained at ScotRail station


    UK: Students from Glasgow Caledonian University’s Graduate Diploma in Low Vision Rehabilitation took part in a practical training session at Milngavie station to get hands-on experience of teaching visually impaired people how to access the railway safely. The students were provided with the knowledge and ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    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 ...