ScotRail - B

ScotRail - B
ScotRail Trains Limited, trading as ScotRail (Scottish Gaelic: Rèile na h-Alba), is a Scottish train operating company that is publicly owned by Scottish Rail Holdings on behalf of the Scottish Government. It has been operating the ScotRail franchise as an operator of last resort since 1 April 2022.
ScotRail History
The ScotRail network had since 2015 been operated by the private-sector franchisee Abellio ScotRail. In December 2019, Transport Scotland announced Abellio had not met the performance criteria necessary to have its seven-year franchise extended for a further three years, and the franchise would conclude on 31 March 2022.
In March 2021, Transport Scotland announced that the franchise would not be re-tendered for another private-sector operator to run, but would be operated by an operator of last resort owned by the Scottish Government.
The move was welcomed by the ASLEF, RMT and TSSA unions.
The Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, confirmed in February 2022 that ScotRail services would return to public ownership. She invited key stakeholders to take part in a discussion on the future of the service, saying "I can confirm that the transition of ScotRail into Scottish Government control will take place on 1 April 2022.
Whilst that’s good news, it’s clear that much work still needs to be done... I want to kick-start a National Conversation about what our new beginning for ScotRail should look like - an affordable, sustainable, customer focused rail passenger service in Scotland in a post pandemic world."
The Scottish Conservatives Transport Spokesman, Graham Simpson, criticised the planned consultation, saying that it "should be about lower fares, restoring services and stopping cuts to ticket offices - measures that will encourage people to use public transport." The Scottish Liberal Democrats added that discussions should have started two years earlier, when nationalisation was decided.
On 4 April 2022, on-board catering started to be reintroduced on ScotRail services. It had been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May 2022, ASLEF balloted its members for strike action, with drivers refusing to work overtime. In May 2022, many Sunday services were cancelled due to driver shortages. ScotRail stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had prevented them from training an estimated 130 drivers. On 1 June 2022, ASLEF announced that it had rejected an improved pay offer from ScotRail.
A temporary timetable was brought in on 23 May 2022. The number of daily services was cut by around one-third, from approximately 2,150 to 1,456. Many early morning and late night services were cancelled. In June 2022, ASLEF recommended its members accept a revised offer.
Services between Wick and Inverness on the Far North Line were cut from four trains each way per day to two. Stagecoach Highlands are expected to introduce an additional bus service on the route starting 6 June 2022.
ScotRail Fleet
ScotRail operates a number of different electric and diesel train types in its fleet.
In 2021, ScotRail introduced five newly refurbished Class 153 carriages, which are attached to two-car Class 156 units. These new carriages, named "Highland Explorer" feature a 50:50 split between seating and bicycle racks.
The new carriage, which carries a £10 supplement to the regular ticket price, includes complimentary refreshments, cycling-themed interior decorations and external vinyl wrap, and maps for cyclists planning to explore Western Scotland by bicycle.
ScotRail Inter7City
  • High Speed Train   43   Diesel locomotive
Aberdeen-Inverness Line
Glasgow/Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness 1975–1982
Operates under the brand Inter7City.
Fleet consists of 9 four-coach and 17 five-coach trains.
1 four coach train damaged in the Stonehaven derailment.
  • High Speed Train   Mark 3
Passenger carriage
Diesel Multiple Units
  • Sprinter   153 Super Sprinter   DMU
West Highland Line (Attached to 156s)   1987–1988
  • Sprinter   156 Super Sprinter
Glasgow South Western Line
Maryhill Line
Shotts Line
West Highland Line   1987–1989
  • Sprinter   158 Express Sprinter
Aberdeen-Inverness Line
Borders Railway
Far North Line
Fife Circle Line
Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness
Kyle of Lochalsh line
Maryhill Line   1989–1992
  • Bombardier Turbostar   170
Aberdeen-Inverness Line
Borders Railway
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Fife Circle Line
Maryhill Line   1999–2001
Electric Multiple Units
  • Bombardier Turbostar   318   EMU
North Clyde Line
Whifflet Line
Cumbernauld Line
Inverclyde Line
Paisley Canal Line
Argyle Line
Cathcart Circle Lines
Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell   1985–1986
320   1989–1990   Converted from Class 321/4.
  • Alstom Coradia Juniper
North Clyde Line
Argyle Line   1999–2002
  • Siemens Desiro   380   EMU
Ayrshire Coast Line
Paisley Canal Line
Inverclyde Line
Cathcart Circle Lines
North Berwick Line
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts 2009–2011
  • Hitachi   AT200
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line
Glasgow/Edinburgh to North Berwick/Dunbar
Glasgow/Edinburgh to Dunblane and Alloa
Glasgow-Cathcart Circle/Neilston/Newton
Cumbernauld Line
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Motherwell and Carstairs
Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts
Inverclyde Line
Argyle Line   2015–2019
Operates under the brand eXpress.
ScotRail Electrification
Transport Scotland has a plan to implement the Scottish Government's policy to "decarbonise domestic passenger rail services", part of which involves replacing all diesel trains by 2035. The £55 million first phase, to electrify 104 km (65 mi) of Fife Circle track, between Haymarket and Dalmeny, for use by battery electric multiple units, was begun by Scottish Powerlines in June 2022 and is due to be completed by December 2024.
Further phases will electrify the lines between Kinghorn, Thornton, Ladybank and Lochgelly.
ScotRail Stations
As of March 2022, ScotRail operates 355 stations in Scotland. Not included are Prestwick International Airport station, owned and operated by the airport, as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail.[note 1] ScotRail operates Lockerbie and Reston even though no ScotRail services currently call at either station.
ScotRail Depots
ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill Glasgow, Yoker, Ayr Townhead, Bathgate, and Inverness, as well as a newly built EMU stabling depot at Millerhill in Midlothian and a rebuilt depot at Cadder Yard.
ScotRail Notes
^ In precise terms only the high-level portion of Glasgow Central is managed by Network Rail, with ScotRail operating the low-level portion, but the distinction is not commonly noted.
ScotRail Overview
ScotRail Franchises: ScotRail
ScotRail Main areas: Scotland
ScotRail Other Areas: Cumbria
ScotRail Parent Company: Scottish Rail Holdings
ScotRail Reporting Mark: SR
ScotRail Dates of Operation: 1 April 2022–present
ScotRail Predecessor: Abellio ScotRail
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