ScotRail receives approval for new 385 electric trains to enter service

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ScotRail have received approval for their class 385 electric trains to enter service on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line later this summer after modifications have been made to windscreens.

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A problem with the curved windscreen was identified during testing. Drivers were seeing two or three signals when they should have been viewing only one – a fish bowl like effect.

Last week the Office of Rail and Road approved a new flat windscreen design that will be fitted to all 70 carriages of the Hitachi Rail built trains.

Drivers’ union ASLEF who told bosses earlier this year that modifications must be made or drivers would refuse to work has also accepted the new design.

ScotRail has ordered 46 three-carriage and 24 four-carriage sets of the 385 trains to run between Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as on suburban routes south of Glasgow and to Dunblane, Stirling and Alloa.

Andy Radford, Programme Manager, Hitachi Rail said: “Getting the green light for new trains is a massive milestone for the project. It has been achieved by all parties involved working collaboratively towards the same goal.”