Eversholt Rail is pleased to announce that all 133 of its trains in Scotland now meet accessibility standards for passengers with disabilities and passengers with reduced mobility, two years before the legal deadline to comply.
With the re-entry into service of its final modernised Class 318 this week, all Eversholt Rail’s trains in Scotland are now equipped with audio-visual Passenger Information Systems, priority seating, wheelchair spaces, accessible toilets and contrasting handrails.
Mary Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, Eversholt Rail’s said, “I’m delighted that, through early, sustained investment in our rolling stock, Eversholt Rail is playing its part in making Scotland’s railways accessible to everyone.”
The ScotRail Alliance’s Engineering Director Angus Thom said: “We place great importance on enabling as many people as possible to travel by train.
“Enhancing the accessibility of all our fleet has been ongoing and it’s good to see this milestone reached with the trains we lease from Eversholt Rail.”
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands added “I welcome the very real efforts of everyone involved in this project which is a significant step towards making all of Scotland’s trains fully accessible. This milestone, completed ahead of schedule, demonstrates the ways we are realising our aspiration of making journeys easier, particularly for those passengers whose ability and choice to travel by rail relies on modern, accessible facilities on board
“It also a further example of the ways in which our £5 billion investment is building the best railway Scotland has ever had.”
In partnership with Abellio ScotRail and its engineering suppliers, other passenger benefits are being rolled out across Eversholt Rail’s Scottish fleets, including wifi, power sockets and on-board cycle storage.