ScotRail has admitted that only one of its fleet on the Borders Railway will be upgraded in time for Britain’s longest line re-opening.
The revelation has appalled campaigners, who say high-quality trains are vital to give the best first impression to tempt tourists and locals who have been without a railway for 46 years.
'VisitScotland' is about to launch a major campaign to boost tourism in the Borders to coincide with the opening.
Built for British Rail, which blamed their unreliability on “garden shed engineering”, they also have slow-opening doors which have delayed passengers getting on and off.
'Campaign for Borders Rail' chairman, Simon Walton, said: “Refurbished units are a minimum requirement for a service that will convince Borders people to use the train in large numbers. First impressions will be crucial for passengers who are new to rail.”
David Spaven, a rail consultant and author of Waverley Route said: “Prone to air conditioning failures, and with narrower doors and a relatively cramped interior, they are far from the cutting edge of rail travel.
ScotRail said refurbishment of the first train would start next month and be completed in time for the line opening on 6 September. It said improvements would include carriage interiors, seat covers, carpets and toilets, along with an “interior and exterior rebrand”.
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