The first seven trains are being built at Hitachi's Kasado plant in Japan, while the remaining 63 sets will be assembled at the company's new British facility at Newton Aycliffe in northeast England.

The order comprises 46 three-car and 24 four-car trains, which are based on Hitachi's AT200 platform. The 25kV 50Hz ac 160km/h trains will be formed of 23m-long vehicles and equipped cab-end gangways for multiple operation.

The trains will be introduced from the end of this year on the newly-electrified Edinburgh - Falkirk High - Glasgow Queen Street line and the entire fleet will enter service by December 2018. The trains will also be deployed on six other routes, including:

  • Edinburgh Waverley – Dunblane/Alloa
  • Glasgow Queen Street – Dunblane/Alloa
  • Glasgow Queen Street – Cumbernauld/Falkirk Grahamston
  • Edinburgh Waverley – North Berwick/Dunbar/Berwick
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Central, and
  • Glasgow Central – Newton/Neilston/Cathcart Circle.


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