Alstom has awarded a £12 million contract from leasing company Eversholt Rail to modernize 40 AC 334 EMUs operated by ScotRail on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line. The 334 series trains built by Alstom have been operating since 2001, Railway Supply magazine writes about this, citing zdmira.


The contract provides for the overhaul of components of pneumatic and electrical equipment, including coupling devices, gangways, batteries, undercar air valves, equipment for toilets, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the driver’s cab.

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Since 2015, Alstom has been upgrading the trains of this series to improve comfort levels, in particular, the air conditioning system in the salons has been improved, mobile device charging points have been equipped at each passenger seat, wireless Internet access has been provided, and a video surveillance system has been installed to ensure passenger safety.

The project is scheduled to start in January 2024 at Alstom’s Polmadi depot in Glasgow, which has 109 employees who are involved in the ongoing maintenance of the 334 series EMUs and the Caledonian Sleeper night trains. Alstom is also working with UK infrastructure operator Network Rail to upgrade the signaling system on lines across Scotland.

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