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Lanark route welcomes new ScotRail trains

New Scotrail train at Lanark station

On Wednesday 8th May, ScotRail invited local people, primary schools, community groups, stakeholders and staff to see the new Hitachi class 385 train that will soon operate on the Lanark route.

The introduction of the Class 385 is part of ScotRail’s £475 million rolling stock investment to deliver faster journeys, more seats, and better services for customers.

The class 385s are the newest trains in the ScotRail fleet and they will be running on the Lanark route from 19th May when the new timetable is launched. 

The new electric trains feature bright and spacious modern carriages, with more seats and more comfort.

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New timetable improvements from ScotRail will add thousands of extra seats for customers, with more new trains meaning there are now 115,000 seats more every day than at the start of the franchise.

Announcing the changes to its timetable from 19 May 2019, ScotRail said it will enhance services with the introduction of more high-speed trains and brand-new class 385 electric trains.

With 20,000 seats being added to services, the total number of weekday seats available for customers is now 625,000 – a massive increase of 115,000 since the start of the franchise.

ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said:

“The timetable changes we are making will see even more improvements on Scotland’s Railway, with the unprecedented investment in new trains and infrastructure delivering faster journeys, more seats and more services for our customers.

“We are now providing 115,000 extra seats every day since the start of the franchise, and everyone across the ScotRail Alliance is working hard to deliver the service that our customers expect and deserve.”

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:

“This Scottish Government wants rail to continue to grow, making it an attractive alternative to the car. Our ongoing investment is expected to deliver real benefits, not only through improved infrastructure but also as more new and upgraded trains enter service.

“We also want passengers to benefit from the additional capacity and look to the ScotRail Alliance to ensure as smooth a timetable change as possible.”

Further timetable improvements will be delivered in December 2019.