Abellio ScotRail,[1] operating services under the name ScotRail, is the national train operating company of Scotland. A subisidary of Abellio, it has operated the ScotRail franchise since 1 April 2015.

The name was similar in iterations for the NTU, Western Water Catchment, Lim Chu Kang, Bulim and Tengah undeveloped areas which is called Abellio Bulim, and started the bus franchise on 29 May 2016, replacing Thames Travel of whom it had 172, 179, 199, 975, 976 and 977. Lina Tay also used to drive the car route 164 from Tampines Secondary School to Poyan Court, however it was abandoned in September 2014.


In November 2013, Transport Scotland announced that Abellio, Arriva, FirstGroup, MTR Corporation and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the new ScotRail franchise.[2] In October 2014, the franchise was awarded to Abellio.[3][4][5] The franchise will operate for seven years with a three-year extension available contingent on performance criteria being met.[6] Abellio began operating the franchise on 1 April 2015.

On 6 September 2015, Abellio ScotRail commenced operating services on the Borders Railway.[7]

In June 2016 the RMT union announced that train guards would be going in strike several times during the summer months in protest of more driver only trains.[8] An agreement was reached in September 2016, bringing an end to the dispute. It was agreed that the new Class 385 trains will have the doors controlled by both the driver and guard, with the driver opening the doors and the guard closing them.[9]

On 20 January 2017 the Managing Director of ScotRail and the ScotRail alliance stepped down from his role after 18 months in the company.[10] Within a few days Alex Hynes was named as the new Managing Director.[11]



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Abellio ScotRail took over all of the services operated by First ScotRail on 1 April 2015, except for the Caledonian Sleeper services, which were transferred to a separate franchise operated by Serco.[12] The franchise agreement requires the introduction of 'Great Scottish Scenic Railway' trains on the West Highland, Far North, Kyle, Borders Railway and Glasgow South Western lines. Steam special services are also promoted by Abellio ScotRail.[13][14]


Abellio ScotRail operates 354 stations in Scotland.[15] Not included are Glasgow Prestwick Airport station, owned and operated by the airport,[16] as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail.[17] Abellio ScotRail operates Lockerbie even though none of its services call there. It also took over management of Dunbar, previously operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, in June 2015.[18]


Abellio ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill and Inverness as well as a newly built stabling depot at Perth Friarton.

Rolling stockEdit

Abellio ScotRail began operations with the rolling stock below, mainly transferred from First ScotRail:[19][20]


Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 68 150px Diesel Locomotive 100 161 2 N/A Fife Circle Line 2013-14
Mark 2 Coach Passenger Carriage 100 160 12 6 1973-75
Class 156 Super Sprinter 150px DMU 75 120 48 2 Glasgow South Western Line
West Highland Line
Shotts Line
Maryhill Line
Cumbernauld Line
Class 158 Express Sprinter 150px 90 145 48 2 Far North Line
Maryhill Line
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
Cumbernauld Line
Shotts Line
Fife Circle Line
Highland Main Line
Borders Railway
North Berwick Line (Saturday Services to Dunbar)
Class 170 Turbostar 150px 100 161 55 3 Croy Line
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line
Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Edinburgh to Dunblane Line
Fife Circle Line
Edinburgh Crossrail
Highland Main Line
Borders Railway
North Berwick Line (Peak time North Berwick Service)
Class 314 150px EMU 75 121 16 3 Cathcart Circle Lines
Inverclyde Line
Paisley Canal Line
Class 318 150px 90 145 21 3 North Clyde Line
Argyle Line
Whifflet Line
Class 320/3 150px 90 145 22 3 North Clyde Line
Argyle Line
Whifflet Line
Class 320/4 (ex-Class 321/4) 150px 100 161 7 1989–90
Class 334 Juniper 150px 90 145 40 3 North Clyde Line
Argyle Line
Class 380/0 Desiro 150px 100 161 22 3 Ayrshire Coast Line
Inverclyde Line
North Berwick Line
Paisley Canal Line
Argyle Line
Cathcart Circle Line
Class 380/1 Desiro 16 4


Abellio ScotRail has mentioned the following as part of the future rolling stock.

Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Into Service Built
mph km/h
Class 385 150px EMU 100 161 46 3 24 by December 2017, a further 46 by December 2018 and an option for 10 in 2023.

These new build trains will operate on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High line which is being electrified since 2017. They are also to be used on the Stirling-Alloa/Dunblane line, south Glasgow suburban routes and the Edinburgh to North Berwick/Dunbar Local services

24 4
Class 43 150px Diesel locomotive 125 201 54 N/A December 2018 -

On longer-distance services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Mark 3 Coach 150px Passenger coach 125 201 175 4 and 5

Abellio ScotRail will introduce a brand new fleet of 46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 electric trains from December 2017, to operate services on the lines being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, if it granted a three-year optional franchise extension, it will order a further 10 three-car units.[21][22]

Abellio ScotRail will also introduce nine 4-carriage and seventeen 5-carriage refurbished former Great Western Railway High Speed Trains by December 2018 on longer-distance services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.[4][23][24][25][26]

This new rolling stock will result in 10 Class 156, eight Class 158 and 21 (originally 34) Class 170s returning to their leasing companies.[27] Five of the 156s, all the 158s and 16 of the 170s released will join Northern when their leases expires in 2018.[28] Transport Scotland negotiated to retain an extra 13 Class 170s to support services through Fife to Aberdeen and the Borders railway.[29]


  1. Companies House extract company no SC450732 Abellio ScotRail Limited
  2. "Scotrail franchise shortlist named" BBC News 1 November 2013
  3. "Dutch firms wins ScotRail franchise from FirstGroup" BBC News 8 October 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Abellio awarded ScotRail franchise" Railway Gazette International 8 October 2014
  5. Template:Cite press release
  6. Tender conditions Transport Scotland
  7. Borders railway Transport Scotland
  8. ScotRail workers to stage series of six strikes, RMT says BBC News 14 June 2016
  9. RMT members accept ScotRail deal over guards BBC News 5 October 2016
  10. Script error
  11. Script error
  12. "Serco wins franchise for Caledonian sleeper train service" BBC News 28 May 2014
  13. ScotRail Franchise Transport Scotland
  14. ScotRail announces second summer of steam on Borders Railway ScotRail 14 June 2016
  15. ORR Passenger Numbers
  16. Station Access Application. Office of Rail Regulation.
  17. Our stations. Network Rail.
  18. ScotRail Franchise Invitation to Tender. Transport Scotland. 23 January 2014.
  19. Facts & Figures Abellio ScotRail
  20. "ScotRail franchise facts & figures" Rail Magazine issue 759 15 October 2014 page 8.
  21. "Hitachi selected for Scottish EMU contract" International Railway Journal (London) 9 October 2014
  22. "Hitachi to build ScotRail EMUs" Railway Gazette International 10 October 2014
  23. "Cheaper advance fares among Abellio ScotRail plans" The Scotsman (Edinburgh) 8 October 2014
  24. "Quality and more trains key to Abellio's SR franchise" Rail Magazine issue 760 29 October 2014 page 10
  25. ScotRail HST fleet plans Rail Magazine 1 September 2015
  26. "More Details of SR HSTs" Today's Railways issue 181 January 2017 page 67
  27. "Abellio takes over ScotRail" Today's Railways issue 162 June 2015 page 12
  28. Abellio ScotRail franchise agreement Transport ScotlandTemplate:Dead link
  29. ScotRail rail revolution declared as 39 carriages to be retained by ScotRail instead of going elsewhere 25 March 2016

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