All ScotRail articles

  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • gb ScotRail Class 380 EMU (2)
    Rail Business UK

    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.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘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 work with ...

  • Inverness Airport railway station artist's impression
    Rail Business UK

    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 platforms, ...

  • Inter7City face covering
    Rail Business UK

    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, passengers with ...

  • 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 systems, ...

  • gb-GWR-800307-Swindon-181122-TM
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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 owned ...

  • 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)
    Rail Business UK

    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 four-car ...

  • ScotRail trains
    Rail Business UK

    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 January ...

  • gb ScotRail EMU frost
    Rail Business UK

    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 demand, ...

  • ScotRail
    Rail Business UK

    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 and ...