ScotRail Highland Explorer Class 153 and Class 156 (Photo ScotRail)

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 have been modified by Brodie Engineering for use on scenic routes, with an interior and exterior refresh including fitting racks for bicycles, sporting equipment and large luggage.

Adding the vehicles to one train each way on the Glasgow Queen Street - Mallaig route will provide 15% more seats, as well as space for 20 bicycles, more luggage space and an additional toilet.

‘We’ve been listening to feedback from both customers and stakeholders on how make the most of these fantastic carriages and deliver the best service possible’, said ScotRail Commercial Director Lesley Kane on February 3. ‘Customers will benefit from more seats as the whole train will be accessible for the price of a standard class ticket, and customers will no longer have to pay an additional charge to sit with their bikes. These changes will help make the service a more attractive option, as well as support active travel and our continued recovery from the pandemic.’