ScotRail Trains (SRT) has announced its plans to replace 65 per cent of its train fleet by 2035 and decarbonise its entire fleet. Quadrant Transport looks at how this will help contribute to Scotland’s transition to a net zero economy.
Details of the ScotRail New Trains Procurement Program were revealed in a public contract notice issued by SRT. According to the notice, nine of SRT’s 11 sub fleets of trains currently operated will be replaced as leases expire.
All existing diesel trains will be withdrawn and replaced with new trains powered by overhead electric wires, batteries, or hydrogen.
The New Fleet Will Connect Scotland
Seeing 65 per cent of the company’s fleet being replaced is said to benefit train passengers by eliminating carbon emissions from rail services in Scotland, reducing operating costs and improving customer experience by offering improved journey comfort, accessibility, and reliability.
The transformation will be delivered through three procurement competitions. In the first phase, Phase 1 2022-23, SRT will procure a new fleet of suburban trains which will enter passenger service between 2027 and 2030. These trains will connect local communities with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee, and Aberdeen.
Phase 2 2024-25 (indicative) will see SRT procure a new fleet of trains for its rural routes, and Phase 3 2025-26 (indicative) SRT will procure a new fleet of intercity trains to connect the central belt with Aberdeen and Inverness.
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Minimising The Impact On The Environment Is Vital To ScotRail
Ensuring that the new trains are constructed in a way which minimises the impact on the environment is said by SRT to be a key factor in delivering a successful sustainable procurement.
Maintenance services will also be included in the scope of the procurement, with tenderers being required to submit options for both a Technical Services Agreement and Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement.
It is said that a decision on the route which provides the best overall value for money will be taken prior to the contract award.
In addition to this, SRT has said that upgrades will be required to the maintenance depot and servicing and stabling facilities. These are likely to be delivered by SRT partners in Network Rail, but the company plans to investigate during the procurement if there is any benefit in works being delivered by the train manufacturer and maintainer.
Following the contract awards on the suburban trains’ procurement, it is envisaged that the team will move on to developing and delivering procurements for the rural and intercity fleets.