New trains come into service in East Lothian

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Rail users in East Lothian are now benefiting from new electric trains which are being phased in to service on routes between Edinburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP was keen to see one of the new trains for himself when he visited Edinburgh Waverley station earlier this week with Kenny McPhail, ScotRail’s deputy managing director.

The four-carriage Class 380 trains servicing the North Berwick route are part of a £430m investment by the Scottish Government and have spacious seating and a light and airy feel, thanks to large windows.

The aisles and vestibules are wider, making it easier for passengers with luggage or prams to pass through.

There are also two wheelchair spaces, companion seats and an accessible toilet. ower sockets – for laptops and mobiles, and cycle storage, air conditioning and CCTV complete the features.

Housing and Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “This is great news for rail users in East Lothian and I’m delighted this fleet of new trains has now come into service on the North Berwick line.

“The Class 380 trains will not only provide an enhanced experience for rail passengers, but will help meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to encourage people to make the switch from their car to more sustainable modes of transport.”

Kenny McPhail, deputy managing director of ScotRail, added: “These state of the art trains are already performing well in the west of Scotland.

“We are pleased to be introducing the fleet for customers in East Lothian.”