ScotRail Class 385 fishbowl windscreen safety concern [BBC News]

Date: 12/02/2018

Aslef has warned that modifications must be made to ScotRail's new Class 385 electric trains - or its drivers will refuse to work them. The train drivers' union is concerned that the curved windscreen is leading reflections of others signals at night. Drivers identified the problem on a recent evening test run between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street. The units are due to come into service on the Edinburgh Waverly to Glasgow Queen Street service in March. Drivers reported that they could 'view two or three signals when we should have been viewing only one'. Kevin Lindsay from Aslef, said: 'ScotRail is trying to get Hitachi to come up with a solution but, so far, I'm afraid, they have failed. 'I've informed ScotRail that we won't allow these trains to come into service like this.'

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Scotrail Class 385 three-car unit

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Drivers report seeing multiple signals reflecting in the curved windscreen when driving at night.

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