New trains in service

A NEW fleet of trains has started running on the railway line between Wemyss Bay and Glasgow Central.

The Class 380 trains are presently scheduled to operate only one weekday return trip per day on the line, the 6.05am journey from Glasgow and the 7.13am return from Wemyss Bay, although one was reported last Wednesday on the 3.50pm service from Glasgow.

The new fleet of trains, some comprising three carriages and some four, were built by Siemens in Germany to provide extra capacity on the Ayrshire and Inverclyde lines, but their introduction has been bedevilled by technical problems.

Rothesay resident John Dick, who enquired of ScotRail when a full service of the new trains could be expected on the route, was told that the company had recently received approval from the manufacturer to fit a modified part to the new trains designed to “eliminate issues that have limited passenger operation to date”.

The Class 380 fleet features air conditioning, CCTV, laptop power sockets, luggage racks, accessible toilets and additional spaces for wheelchair users and bicycles.