ScotRail is set to introduce the upgraded Inter7City high-speed train (HST) for commercial services in Scotland, UK.

The train is the first of 26 revamped high-speed trains that will connect Scotland’s seven cities. It will initially operate between Aberdeen and Edinburgh from 15 October.

Wider operations are expected to be announced as part of ScotRail’s new timetable from December.

The modernised train will be equipped with additional seats, increased luggage space, seat power sockets, extra toilets, and improved on-board hospitality.

Upgraded with an investment of £2m, the HST is set to reduce journey times between Aberdeen and Edinburgh by ten minutes, reported Scotsman.com.

“Passengers have looked forward to the arrival of the fully refurbished HST fleet which will bring significant improvements for travellers.”

Scotland Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Passengers have looked forward to the arrival of the fully refurbished HST fleet which will bring significant improvements for travellers on our inter-city routes between Scotland’s seven main cities.

“ScotRail and Wabtec, its supplier, have given assurances they remain focused on ensuring the full fleet is in service as quickly and efficiently as possible, meaning even more passengers will soon benefit from faster trains, which have the latest standard of comfort, accessibility and catering provision.

“The boost in seating provision will help support the overall 23% increase in capacity being delivered during 2019 as rail continues to grow in popularity across Scotland.”

ScotRail intends to deploy the remaining Inter7City HSTs into service by December 2019.