End of the line as another Class 314 heads for Newport

Another ScotRail Class 314 was sent for scrap on March 14, when No. 314206 was dispatched overnight from Shields Road depot to Sims Metals, Newport.

With Nos. 314207/212/213 previously withdrawn, it leaves 12 of the fleet of 16 40-year-old EMUs in service, and as more Class 385s will be accepted, further Class 314s will be sent for scrap. 

The working life of set No. 314204 could be extended. On March 13, the set was hauled from Yoker depot to Springburn Works, where it was split and placed on low-loaders, apparently destined for Eastleigh where, sources suggest, it could undergo a C4 overhaul, which covers bogies, brakes, under frame equipment, couplers and gangways. 

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Unconfirmed reports indicate the set may be destined for short-term loan to Transport for London as Class 315s on the West Anglia route are suffering reliability problems. There is still no news on when Class 710s will be introduced on the West Anglia or Gospel Oak to Barking routes.

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