Question S6W-03993: Richard Leonard, Scottish Labour Party, Central Scotland, answered 15 November 2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether the budget for Scottish rail infrastructure renewals and enhancements for Control Period 6 has been reduced, and, if so, by how much.
Graeme Dey, Minister for Transport: There has been no reduction in Control Period 6 budget for rail infrastructure renewals and enhancements activities in Scotland.
Question S6W-04748: Graham Simpson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Central Scotland, answered 16 December 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to purchase any additional rolling stock for the ScotRail fleet.
Graeme Dey: ScotRail Trains Limited will be responsible for operating services from 31 March 2022 and it is currently finalising plans for its future fleet requirements, including the new emission free vehicles needed to deliver the Scottish Government's Rail Decarbonisation Action Plan.
Question S6W-04747: Graham Simpson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Central Scotland, answered 16 December 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what the age is of ScotRail's (a) newest and (b) oldest rolling stock, and what the average age is of ScotRail's rolling stock.
Graeme Dey: ScotRail's (a) newest rolling stock are the seventy class 385 trains which were introduced in 2018-19 and (b) oldest rolling stock are the twenty-five Inter-city High Speed Trains which were introduced from the late 1970s and extensively re-engineered and refurbished in 2017-2020.
The Scottish Government recognises the sustainability advantages of re-engineering older rail vehicle structures, when appropriate, thus avoiding the energy expended in the production of new rail vehicles.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) figures from 2020-21 calculates that the average age of the 350 trains in the ScotRail fleet is 21.69 years.
Meanwhile in Germany...
At the end of November 2021 the German Government committed to a 'Rapid Capacity Expansion' to enhance railway infrastructure, investing 'considerably more in rail than in road'. Plans include: