“Bleak” rail outlook as Hitachi trains withdrawn

Responding to the news that all of the new class 385 Hitachi trains have been taken off the rails after a technical fault was discovered, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

“This is yet another let down for Scotland’s rail users. Commuters will be dismayed to see the first trains from the new Hitachi fleet, introduced with great fanfare just weeks ago, taken out of action.

“The trains we have already are over-packed, the long-distance trains promised are running late and are set to come into action without being refurbished first, and now the new trains have been taken off the rails too. It’s a bleak outlook.

“Passengers just want trains to be reliable and value for money but they are getting neither. The Transport Secretary needs to get to grips with the catalogue of errors that hold up our rail network and get ScotRail back on track.”

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