Borders Railway rail company poo-poos sewage fears

A class 156 train,which Abellio says it will not use on the Borders Railway
A class 156 train,which Abellio says it will not use on the Borders Railway

The new owner of the Borders Railway has allayed fears that 30 year old trains will dump toilet waste onto the newly-laid tracks when it opens.

An outraged local railways trade union chief believed Dutch company Abellio planned to use the old ‘156s rolling stock’ which would dispense waste on the £300 million railway when it opens in September.

However, Abellio has promised that its trains “will have effluent retention tanks fitted as part of their refurbishment prior to operations.”

Michael Hogg from Mayfield, the RMT Regional Organiser for Scotland, told Mayfield Community Council last week that Abellio would “dump waste on the tracks” and called on them to fit tanks to the old trains: “Raw sewage will be dumped on the tracks.

“Every time passengers use the toilets it will be dumped on to the tracks.

An Abellio spokesman said: “As the next operator of the ScotRail franchise we have been working very closely with Transport Scotland to bring forward the plan to fit effluent retention tanks.

“We are pleased to confirm that the Class 158 rolling stock which will be used on all Borders rail services will have effluent retention tanks fitted as part of their refurbishment prior to operations.”

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