The trains feature power sockets at each pair of seats, free WiFi, increased lugagge space, two wheelchair spaces, flexible storage area, a fully accessible toilet in every train including a new ‘assist’ facility allowing companions access to the cubicle while maintaining privacy and windows closely aligned with seats.
The first class area on the four-car Class 385/1s feature plug sockets at each seat, leather seats, LED lighting and more luggage space.
Seven-car trains will introduced initially on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High route (one three-car ‘385/0’ and a four-car ‘385/1’) before eight-car sets are introduced later. When pairs of ‘385/1s’ are operating, capacity is increased 44% compared with Class 170s currently used.
ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said: “The finish of these trains will significantly improve the experience of customers travelling with us. Their design has resulted in bright, spacious and accessible carriages – perfect for commuters, business customers and leisure travellers alike.”
Mitsuo Iwasaki, Head of Technical at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “We’ve worked closely with ScotRail and various passenger groups to include their ideas into the design and the result is a visible improvement for people travelling.”
- For more on this, and extra stock for ScotRail, read RAIL 840, published on November 22, or available on Android/iPad from November 18.
- For a look inside Newton Aycliffe where 60 of the 70 Class 385s on order are being assembled, read RAIL 839, on sale November 8, or available on Android/iPad now.
- For the latest on the Class 385's entry into traffic, read RAIL 839, on sale November 8, or available on Android/iPad now.