UK: Five Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units are being converted to carry up to 20 bicycles and large luggage including winter sports equipment, for use by ScotRail to provide additional seating capacity and encourage tourism on the scenic West Highland line.
The units are owned by leasing company Angel Trains and are being modified by Brodie Engineering in Kilmarnock.
The contract scope includes a full interior and exterior ‘refresh’, with the installation of custom-designed cycle racks, free wi-fi, at-seat power sockets and a refurbished toilet with controlled emission tank. The first completed unit is expected to be delivered in 2020.
‘This innovative pilot is the first of its type in the UK and we’re delighted to have come up with something truly bespoke’, said ScotRail Project Manager Tom Smith on October 23.
‘The introduction of these carriages will be a welcome boost for cyclists and those in search of outdoor pursuits. This project will support tourism, and bring wider economic benefits, along Scotland’s most scenic railways.’
Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail Bill Reeve said the project would ‘support more people to make active travel choices whilst delivering wider economic benefits’.
Financial details of the project were not disclosed.