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SLEEPER DELAY - Posted: October 1, 2018 - 5:55 PM Quote and reply
In a separate rail story, it has been confirmed there is a fresh delay to the introduction of new carriages on the Caledonian Sleeper service between Scotland and London.

A new fleet of 75 carriages is currently being built as part of a 150m upgrade of the overnight service.

They were meant to be introduced in the spring - but that was delayed.

The train operator Serco has now said they will not be in place until next May.
It said the process of testing and gaining the necessary regulatory and operating approvals was "time-consuming and complex".
Ryan Flaherty, Serco's managing director at Caledonian Sleeper, said: "We are sorry that we will not be able to launch the service this autumn, and understand that customers who wanted to travel on them in 2018 will be disappointed.
"But with five different accommodation types, as well as onboard catering, dining and shower facilities, this is the most complex introduction of new rolling stock ever undertaken in the UK, and we are determined to get it right."
The Scottish government has demanded to know exactly when the new rolling stock will be ready.
In a letter to Serco, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson, described the late delivery of the trains as "disappointing" and said he would like "full assurance on dates when we can expect to see new trains".


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