The scope of work under the new contract includes the overhaul of pneumatic and electrical components such as auto couplers, gangways, batteries, underframe air valves, toilets, and heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) in the driver’s cabs.
This work builds on the previous modernization performed by Alstom in 2015 by retrofitting full air conditioning, at-seat charging points and wi-fi throughout the trains as well as adding CCTV for driver-only trains to help with passenger security.
“Alstom has a proud history of supporting Scotland’s rail network. We’re pleased to once again be able to overhaul the Class 334 fleet, providing ScotRail’s current and future passengers on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line with an improved rail experience,” commented Peter Broadley, Managing Director, Services at Alstom UK & Ireland.
This new overhaul project is due to commence in January 2024 at Alstom’s Polmadie Depot in Glasgow. Alstom has 109 Scottish employees based at Polmadie where the company delivers maintenance and support to the iconic West Coast Mainline Pendolino’s Caledonian Sleeper, as well as day-to-day maintenance of the Class 334 trains.
And the Class 334 trains were originally built by Alstom for ScotRail and entered service in 2001.
Last but not least, Alstom is also working closely with Network Rail on the upgrading of Scotland’s signaling infrastructure.