£12m investment for Paisley Canal trains

COMMUTERS travelling on the Paisley Canal line are set to benefit as Network Rail and ScotRail announce a £12 million join investment in the service.

The project promises more comfortable, reliable and eco-friendly trains at peak times by December this year, and the first step will be working to electify the 8km stretch.

According to ScotRail, electric trains are greener than their deisel counterparts, and can also return energy to the grid through their braking systems.

The line, which runs through southside stations including Dumbreck, will also benefit from the newest trains in the ScotRail fleet, the air-conditioned class 380s, alongside class 314s.

Susan Anderson, Network Rail’s route commercial manager, said: “This is the first tangible benefit for rail customers to be delivered through this alliance with ScotRail.

“We are delighted to be able to achieve this much more quickly than under traditional arrangements”.

Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail, added: “This work is set to deliver substantial benefits for customers while driving down costs”.

The project has been praised by transport minister Keith Brown, who promised that passengers “will notice a marked improvement in performance, comfort and seat availability”.