Scotrail brought to a standstill by 'defective breaks'

The privitised rail company has had to remove their brand new electric
trains from service after a series of faults with the carriages breaks
were uncovered.

In the latest hit for the scandal riven firm, Scotrail has been forced
to cease using their newly imported Hitachi trains while they under go
tests for "defective" breaks.

Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA, mocked the firm,
commenting: "“ScotRail must be the only train operator in the world
which appears incapable of running any train."

"Their 1970's museum piece 125s are at a standstill and their
refurbishment has been halted. Now, their new fleet of Hitachi 385s is
also coming to a halt. Time for Matheson to master the courage to sack
Abellio before he, like them, becomes a complete laughing stock.
Scotland's rail passengers deserves far better than this shambles.”

Labour Transport spokesperson Colin Smyth added: "While it is
important that these defects were identified and dealt with quickly,
this is another blow for passengers under this franchise.

"The SNP promised a world leading service with ScotRail, instead we
have seen the problems pile up with trains withdrawn, new models late,
services overcrowded, overpriced and routinely behind schedule."

ScotRail's chief operating officer, Angus Thom, said the firm was
suspending use of the trains in passenger service while the fault was
investigated. He said: “As a precaution, while Hitachi carries out
further testing, we are restricting the use of class 385 trains."

"We are sorry to any customers whose journey was disrupted as a result of this."

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