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06.03.17

Eversholt awards £6m Class 320 upgrade contract to KBRS

Eversholt Rail has awarded the £6m contract for the upgrade of its 22-strong fleet of Class 320 trains to Knorr-Bremse RailsServices (KBRS) in another step to improve rolling stock on ScotRail services.

The upgrade, to be carried out in KBRS’s Springburn Depot in Glasgow, will include a total interior refurbishment of the carriages, at-seat power sockets, more cycle space, LED lighting as well as better signage and an improvement to the train’s CCTV system to improve security and safety on their services.

The programme is also hoped to bring in engineering jobs to the region whilst modernising the ScotRail fleet for their customers.

The production phase for the 66 carriages will begin in October this year and is hoped to be completed by early 2019.

Speaking of the contract award, 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.”

Managing director of KBRS Nick Fitzwater added: “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.” 

The ScotRail Alliance’s programmes and transport director Ian McConnell said that he was excited about the upgrade of the trains and the benefit it will bring to customers on the services.

“The refurbishment of the class 320 fleet will deliver a much improved experience around Glasgow and Lanarkshire,” explained McConnell. “Customers using these trains will soon be able to enjoy a refurbished interior and at-seat power sockets.”

McConnell also spoke of his pride to be part of changing the face of rail travel in Scotland over the next two years with the introduction of the new class 385 and high-speed train fleets, adding: “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, added: “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.

Yousaf went on to say: “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.”

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   06/03/2017 at 20:59

Well Abellio Scotrail are still to spend £millions on improving and refurbishing the older rolling stocks such as Class 314, Class 318 and Class 320 EMU's aswell ordering 70 new Class 385's T2 Commuter trains and the Class 380's will operate on other routes once the Class 385's start service from late this year. Plus Class 170's and Class 158's have been refurbished and repainted in Scotrail livery and Scotrail have agreed to use the Class 43's MK3's on the Highland services in the North of Scotland and Class 68's Mk3's to operate on Fife Circle service.

Steve B Collins   07/03/2017 at 16:35

Well Abellio Scotrail are still to spend £millions on improving and refurbishing the older rolling stock such as Class 314, Class 318 and Class 320 EMUs as well ordering 70 new Class 385s T2 Commuter trains and the Class 380s will operate on other routes once the Class 385s start in service from late this year. Plus Class 170s and Class 158s have been refurbished and repainted in Scotrail livery and Scotrail have agreed to use the Class 43s with MK3s on the Highland services in the North of Scotland and Class 68s with Mk3s to operate on Fife Circle service.

Andrew Gwilt   07/03/2017 at 17:35

Sorry Steve. You seemed to copy my comments and posted it. Or are you actually taking the mick out on me.

Mark Hare   08/03/2017 at 10:56

Andrew - what are you getting at in your comment? it appears to be a statement of facts you have no doubt gleaned from elsewhere on the internet. What's your opinion on subject of the article, the Class 320 refurbishment?

Andrew Gwilt   09/03/2017 at 10:52

Mark. Do I want to argue with you. Please just shut up.

Andrew Gwilt   09/03/2017 at 10:54

Well this has failed entirely.

Martin T   09/03/2017 at 15:55

I think Steve B Collins (07/03/2017 at 16:35) corrected all of the gramatical errors.

Andrew Gwilt   11/03/2017 at 20:22

I can type on what I want to comment ok. If I made a mistake on not correcting the grammars once I clicked on the "Add Comment" button then you have to deal with what I say ok or ignore on what I commented. I dont need some clever so & so trying to take the advantage out on what I typed with punctual mistakes.

Boris   11/03/2017 at 21:28

The terms and conditions of this website state that you must make sure your comment is entirely accurate, I've lost track of how many times that isn't the case. Also you don't tell people what to do on a public forum.

Andrew Gwilt   11/03/2017 at 23:55

So this is a public forum aswell a website. Boris. Some people do often make mistakes but whatever. Not going to cause any more grief.

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