Scotrail unveils fleet of high-speed trains

ScotRail unveiled its “new” fleet of trains as it attempts to introduce high-speed rail to Scotland.

The operator is set to add 26 high-speed trains (HST) to its fleet next year.

However, it has been discovered the fleet have been purchased from Great Western Railway which were built in the 1970s.

The one which rolled into Aberdeen today has done more than 10 million miles.

Bill Reeve, director of rail at Transport Scotland, said: “These are trains that are being heavily re-engineered to be completely rebuilt inside brought up to standard of a modern train.

“What we know about these trains is passengers love them we surveyed the people of Scotland and these were their preferred trains for long distance journeys so that’s the trains the people of Scotland are getting.”

The inter-city service will call at the seven cities in Scotland.

Alex Hynes, ScotRail Alliance managing director, said: “It’s the start of a new era building the best railway has ever had and as part of that we are investing in a network of high speed trains to link the seven cities.

“On Monday next week we start training the drivers here in Aberdeen so by May next year we can start rolling out faster journeys, more seats, more services, more comfortable journeys for customers across the seven cities.”

The new fleet will all be refurbished inside with more seating, increased luggage space, power sockets at seats and better on board catering.

With the new trains it is hoped journey times will be cut as the new engines hit speeds of up to 100mph.

Alex said: “We are hoping to slash 10 minutes off the journey time between most of the links between the seven cities and one of the things we have to do between now and May is to see how these trains cope with the Scottish infrastructure so we can tighten up journey times.”

The investment is part of a £5 billion project to upgrade the railways in Scotland.

Bill said: “It is not just about the trains, it is about the infrastructure, the timetable and the services.

“We are creating employment and connectivity, this is good for the economy.”