Eversholt Rail have signed a contract with Knorr-Bremse RailServices (KBRS) for an upgrade of 22 Class 320 trains, demonstrating their commitment to continued investment into ScotRail fleets and securing Scottish engineering jobs.
The scope of the £6m programme, to be carried out at KBRS’s Springburn Depot in Glasgow, includes a full interior refresh in line with the ScotRail branding, as well as:
- Total interior refurbishment including repaint of all surfaces, new flooring, tables and new seat moquette
- At-seat power sockets
- Dedicated cycle space
- Enhanced CCTV system for passenger safety and security
- New interior labelling and signage
The production phase for the upgrade of 66 carriages is scheduled to start in October 2017 and due to finish in early 2019.
Stephen Timothy, Client Relations Director at Eversholt Rail, said: “We are delighted to be working with KBRS on this exciting refurbishment programme to deliver ScotRail’s train improvement commitments, which will bring great enhancement to the passenger experience across the network. This Class 320 contract is testament to our ongoing investment into our Scottish fleets, following the successful refurbishment projects on our Class 318s, and 334s, as well as deploying seven extra trains to add capacity and relieve overcrowding.”
Nick Fitzwater, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse RailServices, said: “We are proud to be undertaking this work on the Class 320s for Eversholt Rail Group and to play our part in enhancing the passenger experience.”
Ian McConnell, the ScotRail Alliance’s Programmes and Transformation Director, said: “The refurbishment of the class 320 fleet will deliver a much improved experience around Glasgow and Lanarkshire. Customers using these trains will soon be able to enjoy a refurbished interior and at-seat power sockets. Over the next two years we will be working hard to change the face of rail travel in Scotland, with the introduction of our class 385 and high speed train fleets. By 2019, 90% of our rolling stock will either be new or refurbished, and two hundred additional services will run each day.”
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport & the Islands, said: “The Scottish Government’s continuing investment of £5bn shows our commitment to our nation’s railways and this latest announcement of more refurbishment work on the class 320 fleet will deliver better trains for ScotRail passengers. The KBRS workforce’s excellent efforts on previous refurbishment programmes is recognised by this latest significant order which, in turn, helps provide more job security and boost the local economy in Springburn. Once this enhancement programme is complete, I know passengers will appreciate the modern on-train facilities which we all expect and I have already seen rolled out across the rest of ScotRail’s existing fleets.”