Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland
31 January 2017 • Author(s): Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance & Karen Boswell OBE, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe
With passenger numbers continuing to grow rapidly across Scotland, a fleet of new trains is needed to meet
demand. For European Railway Review, Phil Verster (Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance) and Karen Boswell OBE (Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe) provide further details of a joint vision to transform rail in Scotland which includes a contract to deliver a fleet of new Class 385s.
Rail travel in Scotland currently totals 93 million passenger journeys each year and is expected to grow further over the next decade.
Across Scotland, people are using the railway to work, for leisure, to visit family and friends, and as a means of getting out of their cars.