Excuses over Sleeper train delay slammed | Highland News | News

RAIL bosses have been slated for making “absurd” excuses over delays to the launch of new Caledonian Sleeper trains on the Highland mainline.

Serco, which runs the franchise, last week blamed “time-consuming and complex” testing and regulatory processes for the decision to push back the new trains to spring next year. They had been expected to begin operating this autumn, but only 40 of the 75 new carriages have so far arrived in the UK from Spain, where they are being built.

Slamming the delay, Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie, said: “The company should not be surprised at the process for testing and regulating new carriages and its attempt to blame this for the delay is quite frankly absurd.

“Serco only has itself to blame for its failure to deliver, and as usual it will be my constituents in the Highlands who are forced endure the longest wait for improved trains. Excuses over Sleeper train delay slammed | Highland News | News

 

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