Delay to ‘Highlander’ Mk.5s

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FOLLOWING a series of high-profile delays, failures and cancellations due to issues with its CAF-built Mk.5 stock, Caledonian Sleeper has put back the introduction of the new trains on its ‘Highlander’ route until at least September.

This gives a stay of execution to the Mk.2-based train from Euston to Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William.

Training continues on the ‘Highlander’ route despite the entry to service being put back. On June 26, Nos. 73969+73966 head north through Craigo (Angus) with the first rake of Caledonian Sleeper Mk.5s to reach Aberdeen. Jim Ramsay

A statement by CS said: “Our decision has been taken to allow CAF to complete the further work required on the carriages to ensure that they are fit for purpose to be accepted into service.

This is intended to ensure that when they do enter service our guests have the best possible experience.”

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