ScotRail’s first upgraded HST has been launched by managing director Alex Hynes with an inaugural journey between Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Named Inter7City – a reference to the fact that they will ultimately link Scotland’s seven cities – the revamped HSTs are part of ScotRail’s grand plans to improve services around the country.
An Inter7City passenger service will operate between Aberdeen and Edinburgh from Monday, 15 October.
ScotRail is leasing a total of 54 power cars and 121 coaches from Angel Trains which will form 17 five-car and nine four-car trains.
Although now more than 40 years old, the HSTs have undergone a major overhaul to prolong their operational life and bring their interiors to a standard which will satisfy modern passenger requirements.
ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes said: “This is another major milestone in our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.
“Our Inter7City service will provide more seats, better services, and more comfortable journeys for our customers.
“The investment we are making in these iconic trains is a clear sign of the ScotRail Alliance’s commitment to building a bigger and better railway for the whole of Scotland.”