Scotland on track for 70 new trains

By Amy McGhee

THERE are to be 7,000 new trains introduced across Britain by 2021 – with one per cent 70 new trains Scotland-bound.

The British Rail Delivery Group announced the ambitious plans on Monday (Jan 29) in an aim to create a better experience for passengers.

The new trains are part of a £13.8 billion investment by the private sector in the railway system and older trains will be retired as part of the proposal.

The first of the Scottish trains will be introduced later this year and another Scottish train, receiving an investment, is The Caledonian Sleeper, which is currently being made in Spain at the cost of £100 million.

The good news for commuters is all of these new trains boast more seats, wi-fi, charging points and improved accessibility and new technology will also mean potential faults can be detected and quickly fixed.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “With thousands of new state-of-the-art carriages coming on track over the next three years, the partnership railways’s long term plan is transforming journeys up-and-down the country. These new carriages will enable rail companies to work together to deliver on their commitment of at least 6,400 extra services a week. This will help to boost local economies from Aberdeen all the way to Penzance.”

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