FABIANI WELCOMES REFURBISHED TRAIN CARRIAGES – BUT OVERCROWDING MUST STOP

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the announcement to refurbish carriages on the East Kilbride to Glasgow railway line – but presses ScotRail to tackle overcrowding.

 

The first of a fleet of ScotRail trains to be refurbished with new seats, power sockets and wi-fi was unveiled at East Kilbride Station on Tuesday. The 38 diesel trains to be overhauled will run between EK and Glasgow, and other routes including the West Highland Line to Oban and Mallaig.

 
On show was the latest upgraded class 156 diesel train, part of a £16m refurbishment programme, It features new seats along with power sockets, new flooring, accessible toilets and dedicated wheelchair spaces.

 

Commenting, Linda said:

 

“I spoke with ScotRail at East Kilbride Station on Tuesday. It’s great that we’ll have refurbished carriages on the route to Glasgow – but not if trains continue to be badly overcrowded, particularly at peak times.

 

“I have again questioned the Transport Minister on this issue and ScotRail has assured him that East Kilbride is a priority for increased capacity over the coming months.

 

“I look forward to ScotRail increasing the carriage capacity our commuters desperately need.”

 

Transport Scotland rail director Bill Reeve and Linda Fabiani in a refurbished carriage on Tuesday. Picture: Transport Scotland

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