KBRS to upgrade ScotRail Class 320s

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Eversholt Rail has awarded Knorr-Bremse RailServices (KBRS) a £6 million contract to upgrade and modernise ScotRail’s Class 320 fleet.

Work will be carried out at KBRS’s Springburn Depot in Glasgow and will include new flooring and seat upholstery, power sockets, new signage, LED lighting and an improved CCTV system. Bicycle storage will also be created.

In all, 66 carriages will be overhauled. Work is due to start in October and will be completed in 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.”

Ian McConnell, the ScotRail Alliance’s programmes and transformation director, said: “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 per cent of our rolling stock will either be new or refurbished, and two hundred additional services will run each day.”

Eversholt is also in the process of upgrading Greater Anglia’s Class 321 fleet – a project called Renatus. Two upgraded Renatus trains have already returned to service. Thirty trains will be modernised altogether.

Photo: Geof Sheppard/ CC BY-SA 4.0

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