Hitachi's UK plant looks to the world market
Sliding seats could enable passenger trains to carry goods
A1 No 60163 Tornado does 100mph
Rail Alliance drives Midlands Engine
GB Railfreight to implement Ideagen safety software
UAV survey company Bridgeway Aerial takes off
Fire at Euston Station causes nationwide rail disruption
DB Cargo UK confirms job cuts and reform
Subsea cable fault detection demonstrated to rail industry
HS2 rolling stock procurement moves forward
Hitachi’s electric commuter trains, Class 385s, have received approval from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) ahead of starting passenger service on Scotland’s Central Belt, including the Edinburgh-Glasgow line.
The ORR, which acts as an independent safety and economic regulator for Britain’s railways, said that the Hitachi electric trains meet stringent industry and health and safety standards and are fit to transport passengers.
The regulatory clearance paves the way for the electric trains to be rolled out into service by the end of the summer.
Hitachi Rail programme manager Andy Radford said: “Getting the green light for new trains is a massive milestone for the project. It has been achieved by all parties involved working collaboratively towards the same goal. It is now all systems go so that Scottish commuters can start enjoying the benefits of this modern fleet.”
“Getting the green light for new trains is a massive milestone for the project. It has been achieved by all parties involved working collaboratively towards the same goal.”
Hitachi said that the trains have been designed considering the combat congestion on Scotland’s busiest routes. The train coaches will provide commuters with improved Wi-Fi connectivity and air conditioning.
Train operator ScotRail said that the improved acceleration of the Class 385s will cut journey times between Glasgow and Edinburgh to 42 minutes.
The ORR’s approval also includes a formal acceptance of the new flat windscreens for the trains, after their windscreens were changed over safety issues.
The new windscreens are being fitted on trains that are already in Scotland in Springburn, with the rest completed at Hitachi’s County Durham factory.
ScotRail project manager Gary Brown said: “The new trains have been declared safe and fit to run, which is great news for our customers. It means we’re one step closer to delivering more seats, faster journeys and better services, not just in the Central Belt, but across Scotland.”
The post Hitachi’s electric trains receive regulatory clearance in Scotland appeared first on Railway Technology.
This article first appeared on www.railway-technology.com
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2019 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.