ScotRail has confirmed five Class 153s will be converted to carry cycles and luggage, with the first carriages due to be introduced on West Highland line services to Oban in summer 2020.
Brodie Engineering in Kilmarnock will carry out the conversion work. Half of each vehicle will be given over to custom-designed cycle racks able to accommodate up to 20 bikes, with a shelf above for large items of luggage and sports equipment. The other half of the vehicle will include a seating area, with free Wi-Fi, at-seat power sockets and a passenger information system provided.
ScotRail plans to deploy two ‘153s’ on the Oban line next summer, with introduction on services to Fort William and Mallaig planned later in 2020. While the initial focus of the project will be on the West Highland line, ScotRail is still looking at the potential of using the converted carriages on the Far North and Kyle lines as well.
For more information on the Class 153 conversions, see our exclusive detailed report in the November issue of Modern Railways.