More bike spaces on ScotRail trains
ScotRail is increasing the number of bicycle spaces on its trains to encourage tourists, cycling enthusiasts, outdoor enthusiasts and local commuters to ditch the car and use the train.
In 2015, there were 932 bicycle spaces on ScotRail trains, while today there are 1,406, with more expected this summer.
In recent months, 140 additional seats have been installed on the fleet of 70 Class 385 electric trains.
All ScotRail trains now have spaces for bicycles. By the end of August, 100 additional seats will have been installed on Inter7City trains, bringing the total to 1,506.
The ScotRail design team worked with Transport Scotland, cycling groups and outdoor specialists, to devise a solution where up to 20 bikes and bulky sports equipment could be housed in a dedicated trolley.
The number of bicycle spaces now available on ScotRail trains is as follows:
- Class 153 – 100;
- Class 156 – 258;
- Class 158 – 320;
- Class 170 – 132;
- Class 318 – 42;
- Class 320 – 68;
- Class 334 – 80;
- Class 380 – 76;
- Class 385 – 280;
- Inter7City – 150, from August 2022.
ScotRail has also partnered with Sustrans Scotland to produce a series of ‘How To’ videos, giving a step-by-step guide to using the new cycle spaces. These videos are available on the ScotRail website at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/cycling
James Ledgerwood, Head of Economic Development and Communities, said:
“This is great news for anyone who uses a bike to get around Scotland.
“Whether for work or play, these new cycle spaces will help even more people get out of the car and enjoy the great outdoors and will make a real difference if you want to travel more sustainably.
“We promised to significantly increase the number of seats on our trains, and despite the delay caused by the coronavirus, we have kept this commitment.
“ScotRail is committed to improving cycle facilities at stations and on trains.”
Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Transport, said:
“I am delighted that additional space for bicycles is being made available on ScotRail trains. This is a wonderful opportunity for Scots to explore the country in a more accessible and integrated way. We are committed to raising standards cycling and walking for transport and leisure, and by providing additional space for bicycles on board trains, we can help even more people get out of the car.
“The Highland Explorer trolley which was launched on the West Highland Line last summer has proven to be a leading example for the type of innovative ideas that support tourism and economic growth.
“I look forward to ScotRail making further improvements that support sustainable and active travel while having a positive impact on the nation’s health and wellbeing.”
John Lauder, Deputy Managing Director of Sustrans and Executive Director of Scotland, is set to begin an 18-month secondment working with Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail to lead the work of developing a strategy and plan to facilitate travel to stations in a sustainable way. . He said:
“This is an exciting time for sustainable transport and active travel in Scotland, with policy direction moving away from a focus on private motoring towards public transport, shared mobility and active travel. .
“Increasing the number of spaces for bicycles on trains is a key part of the process of implementing this change.
“Sustrans have worked closely with ScotRail on the introduction of Highland Explorer cars which offer significantly increased cycle storage on services along the West Highland Line.
“Carriages are a great example of how we can work together to make walking, cycling and public transport more attractive and convenient, giving people the ability to do more of their journeys without needing a car. .”