RAIL passengers in East Renfrewshire were handed a boost this week as a new electric train was rolled into service.

The three-carriage train serves passengers travelling on the Cathcart Circle line, including stations at Williamwood, Whitecraigs, Patterton and Neilston.

It is part of ScotRail’s £475million rolling stock investment of Hitachi class 385 trains.
This will see 70 new trains delivering a total of 234 carriages.

The fleet will consist of 24 four-car trains and 46 three-car trains.

Each four-car train has 273 seats, while three-car trains have 206 seats.

Angus Thom, ScotRail’s chief operating officer, said: “I am delighted that we are able to introduce another brand-new Hitachi class 385 train, this time leaving from Glasgow Central.

“We know that our customers will really notice the difference.”

Mr Thom added: “The introduction of these trains are benefitting customers all across the country, as they allow us to move existing trains on this route out across the network.

“This is helping us to deliver faster journeys, more seats and better services for our customers.”