Jobs to be created at new Millerhill rail depot

Scotland’s new fleet of Japanese super-trains is set to create around 50 jobs at a new stabling and cleaning depot at Millerhill.

The depot will be built at the former rail marshalling yard which is already used as a base for track maintenance operations.

It will house the new Class 385 trains being built by Hitachi as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) which will electrify the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High line.

Midlothian Council recently approved plans for a new main building as well as a 190-metre-long train wash shed, setting the seal on moves to revive Millerhill’s role as a significant centre of rail activity.

Last year, Network Rail backed down on plans to move track engineering and maintenance functions to Carlisle, saving 40 jobs.

A ScotRail Alliance spokesman said: “The new Millerhill stabling facility, along with the wider EGIP electrification work, will play a key role in delivering our new fleet of faster, longer and greener trains for customers.

“We are still in the early stages of planning the new facility, which won’t be operational until 2017.”

Mick Hogg, regional organiser of the rail union RMT, said the development would create around 50 jobs on the cleaning side. He welcomed the move on the back of Network Rail’s decision to continue using the site as a base for track maintenance.