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December 11, 2017

Edinburgh - Falkirk - Glasgow electric services begin

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Class 380 EMUs are being used on the route pending the introduction of new class 385s next year. Class 380 EMUs are being used on the route pending the introduction of new class 385s next year. ScotRail

SCOTLAND’s Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) celebrated a milestone on December 10 with the start of electric services from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High.

ScotRail has replaced the class 170 DMUs previously used on these services with class 380 EMUs, although the use of these trains on the route is a temporary measure pending the introduction of new Hitachi class 385 EMUs next year.

The launch of electric services enables the operation of seven-car trains, increasing capacity on the key route between Scotland’s two largest cities.

Hitachi Rail Europe is supplying 46 three-car and 24 four-car class 385 sets for services in central Scotland under a £370m contract awarded by ScotRail’s parent company Abellio in March 2015. Most of the trains will be assembled at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe plant in northeast England.