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Abellio ScotRail, (Scottish Gaelic: Rèile na h-Alba),[1] operating services under the name ScotRail, is the national train operating company of Scotland. A subsidiary of Abellio, it has operated the ScotRail franchise since 1 April 2015.


1 History 2 Operations

2.1 Services 2.2 Stations 2.3 Depots

3 Rolling stock

3.1 Current fleet 3.2 Future fleet

4 References 5 External links

History[edit] In November 2013, Transport Scotland
announced that Abellio, Arriva, FirstGroup, MTR Corporation
MTR Corporation
and National Express
National Express
had been shortlisted to bid for the new ScotRail franchise.[2] In October 2014, the franchise was awarded to Abellio.[3][4][5] The franchise will operate for 7 years with a 3-year extension available contingent on performance criteria being met.[6] Abellio began operating the franchise on 1 April 2015 and it opened the Borders Railway
Borders Railway
on 6 September 2015.[7] In June 2016, the RMT union announced that train guards would be going on strike several times during the summer months in protest of more driver only trains.[8] Six 24-hour and three 48-hour strikes were held on ScotRail services during June and July 2016. An agreement was reached in September 2016, bringing an end to the dispute. It was agreed that the new Class 385 trains will have the doors controlled by both the driver and guard, with the driver opening the doors and the guard closing them.[9] On 20 January 2017 the Managing Director of ScotRail and the ScotRail alliance stepped down from his role after 18 months in the company.[10] Within a few days Alex Hynes was named as the new Managing Director.[11] Operations[edit] Services[edit]

ScotRail routes highlighted in red

Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
took over all of the services operated by First ScotRail on 1 April 2015, except for the Caledonian Sleeper
Caledonian Sleeper
services, which were transferred to a separate franchise operated by Serco.[12] The franchise agreement requires the introduction of 'Great Scottish Scenic Railway' trains on the West Highland, Far North, Kyle, Borders Railway and Glasgow South Western lines. Steam special services are also promoted by Abellio ScotRail.[13][14] Stations[edit] Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
operates 353 stations in Scotland.[15] Not included are Glasgow Prestwick Airport station, owned and operated by the airport,[16] as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail.[17] Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
operates Lockerbie even though none of its services call there. It also took over management of Dunbar, previously operated by Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains
East Coast, in June 2015.[18] Depots[edit] Abellio ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill
Glasgow Yoker, Bathgate and Inverness as well as a newly built EMU stabling depot at Millerhill in Midlothian. Rolling stock[edit] Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
operates a diverse fleet of DMU’s and EMU’s. From Sunday 10 December 2017, Class 380 EMU’s were introduced onto services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High (also serving Croy, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket). This was the first step in creating an entirely electric service between the two cities which is now expected to start in February 2018 with Class 385 EMU’s. Abellio ScotRail began operations with the rolling stock below, mainly transferred from First ScotRail:[19][20] Current fleet[edit]

Class Image Type Top speed Number Cars Routes operated Built

mph km/h


Diesel Locomotive 100 160 2 N/A Fife Circle Line 2013-14

Mark 2 carriage

Passenger Carriage 100 160 12 6 1973-75

156 Super Sprinter

DMU 75 120 48 2 Glasgow South Western Line, West Highland Line, Shotts Line, Maryhill Line, Cumbernauld Line, Tyne Valley line 1987-89

158 Express Sprinter

90 145 46 2 Far North Line, Maryhill Line, Kyle of Lochalsh Line, Shotts, North Berwick, Cumbernauld, Fife Circle and Highland Main Lines, Borders Railway (Occasional Saturday Services to Dunbar) 1989-92

170 Turbostar

100 161 55 3 Croy Line, Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line, Glasgow to Aberdeen Line, Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line, Edinburgh to Dunblane Line, Fife Circle and North Berwick Lines, Edinburgh Crossrail, Highland Main Line, Borders Railway
Borders Railway
(Saturday Services to Dunbar and a peak time North Berwick Service) 1998-2005


EMU 75 121 16 3 Cathcart Circle Lines, Inverclyde Line, Paisley Canal Line. 1979


90 145 21 3 North Clyde Line, Argyle Line, Whifflet Line 1986-87


90 145 19 3 North Clyde Line, Argyle Line, Whifflet Line 1989-90

320/4 (ex 321/4)

100 161 10 1989–90

334 Juniper

90 145 40 3 North Clyde Line, Argyle Line 1999-2002

380 Desiro

100 160 22 3 Ayrshire Coast Line, North Berwick Line, Paisley Canal, Glasgow - Edinburgh via Falkirk High, Argyle, Inverclyde and Cathcart Circle Lines and the Monday to Saturday Dunbar service 2009-11

16 4

Future fleet[edit] Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
has mentioned the following as part of the future rolling stock.

Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Into Service Built

mph km/h


EMU 100 161 46 3 These new build trains will operate on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High line. They are also to be used on the Stirling-Alloa/Dunblane line, south Glasgow suburban routes and the Edinburgh to North Berwick/Dunbar Local services


24 4

43 High Speed Train

Diesel locomotive 125 200 54 N/A May 2018 - On longer-distance services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. 1975–82

Mark 3 carriage

Passenger carriage 121 4 and 5

Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
will introduce a brand new fleet of 46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 electric trains from December 2017, to operate services on the lines being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, if it granted a three-year optional franchise extension, it will order a further 10 three-car units.[21][22] Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
will also introduce 9 4-carriage and 17 5-carriage refurbished former GWR HST by May 2018 on longer-distance services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.[4][23][24][25][26] This new rolling stock will result in 10 Class 156, 8 Class 158 and 21 (originally 34) Class 170s returning to their leasing companies when their leases expire in 2018.[27] Transport Scotland
negotiated to retain an extra 13 Class 170s to support services through Fife to Aberdeen and the Borders railway.[28] Northern will receive 5 of these 156s, all the 158s and 16 of the 170s.[29] References[edit]

^ Companies House extract company no SC450732 Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
Limited ^ "Scotrail franchise shortlist named" BBC News
BBC News
1 November 2013 ^ "Dutch firms wins ScotRail franchise from FirstGroup" BBC News
BBC News
8 October 2014 ^ a b "Abellio awarded ScotRail franchise" Railway Gazette International 8 October 2014 ^ "Abellio awarded contract to operate Scotland's National Railway, ScotRail" (Press release). Abellio. n.d.  ^ Tender conditions Transport Scotland[dead link] ^ Borders railway Transport Scotland ^ ScotRail workers to stage series of six strikes, RMT says BBC News 14 June 2016 ^ RMT members accept ScotRail deal over guards BBC News
BBC News
5 October 2016 ^ RAILNEWS. "ScotRail chief Phil Verster in surprise resignation Railnews Today's news for Tomorrow's railway". www.railnews.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2017.  ^ "Alex Hynes named as new ScotRail Alliance managing director". BBC News. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.  ^ "Serco wins franchise for Caledonian sleeper train service" BBC News 28 May 2014 ^ ScotRail Franchise Transport Scotland ^ ScotRail announces second summer of steam on Borders Railway ScotRail 14 June 2016 ^ ORR Passenger Numbers ^ Station Access Application. Office of Rail Regulation. ^ Our stations Archived 10 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. Network Rail. ^ ScotRail Franchise Invitation to Tender. Transport Scotland. 23 January 2014. ^ Facts & Figures Abellio ScotRail ^ "ScotRail franchise facts & figures" Rail Magazine
Rail Magazine
issue 759 15 October 2014 page 8. ^ "Hitachi selected for Scottish EMU contract" International Railway Journal (London) 9 October 2014 ^ "Hitachi to build ScotRail EMUs" Railway Gazette International 10 October 2014 ^ "Cheaper advance fares among Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
plans" The Scotsman (Edinburgh) 8 October 2014 ^ "Quality and more trains key to Abellio's SR franchise" Rail Magazine issue 760 29 October 2014 page 10 ^ ScotRail HST fleet plans Rail Magazine
Rail Magazine
1 September 2015 ^ "More Details of SR HSTs" Today's Railways
Today's Railways
issue 181 January 2017 page 67 ^ "Abellio takes over ScotRail" Today's Railways
Today's Railways
issue 162 June 2015 page 12 ^ ScotRail rail revolution declared as 39 carriages to be retained by ScotRail instead of going elsewhere Rail.co.uk 25 March 2016 ^ Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
franchise agreement Transport Scotland

External links[edit] Media related to Abellio ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail
at Wikimedia Commons

Official website

Preceded by First ScotRail ScotRail franchise Operator of ScotRail franchise 2015 - 2025 Succeeded by Incumbent

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