Scotrail Announce Service Improvements


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Services on Scotrail are changing as of 9th December

Scotrail have announced today that there will be changes to the existing timetables across Scotland. 

The new and ‘improved’ timetable is due to be implemented on the 9th December and will be made possible by ‘major infrastructure improvements like the electrification of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa route’

Some of the key changes include:

Faster journeys

  • Average journey times between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High will be reduced from 51 minutes to 47 minutes.
  • Journey times on services from Stirling to Edinburgh will be reduced by more than five minutes.
  • Rail journeys in key locations will now be considerably faster than car journeys.
  • Journey times on key Glasgow – Stirling/Alloa/Dunblane services will be reduced by up to five minutes.

More services

  • New half hourly Edinburgh to Glasgow service (via Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston) using brand new class 385 trains.
  • Extended Edinburgh to Arbroath services, providing close to an hourly local service for Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, and Carnoustie.
  • New hourly Aberdeen to Montrose service, providing a minimum of an hourly service at Laurencekirk, Stonehaven, and Portlethen.
  • Nine additional services between Inverness and Elgin, giving close to an hourly all-day service for Nairn, Forres and Elgin.

More seats

  • Class 385 electric trains on all Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High services, Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa and Dunblane services and on Edinburgh to Dunblane services.
  • Half of North Berwick to Edinburgh services will have 6 carriages.
  • Glasgow Central to Neilston services increased from 3 to 4 carriages.
  • Most Airdrie to Balloch services will now have 6 carriages.

Scotrail say there will be further improvements in May and December 2019.

ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said:

“The improvements we are making to our timetable from December mean ScotRail has reached another milestone as we build the best railway Scotland has ever had. This is just the first phase of the work we are doing to deliver for our customers over the next year.

The investment the ScotRail Alliance is making to electrify more lines and introduce new and upgraded trains means we will deliver faster journeys, more seats, and more services for our customers.”

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:

“These changes mark the first significant phase of timetable improvements on Scotland’s railways with £475 million being invested in rolling stock during this franchise, introducing faster, longer, greener trains.

“The amendments will see more of the existing refurbished fleets cascaded across the country meaning better trains, more seats and more services, delivering an improved experience for passengers.”

Many people are still unhappy with the proposed services however, with many people voicing their concerns over twitter.

@rucy61 said:

“So your improvement involves removing the direct services from Polmont / Linlithgow to Stirling, which many people use to get to work. Which definition of improvement does that come under?”

And @JamesMu56246588 had this to say:

“So, as of 9 December 2018, there will be NO weekday daytime direct trains between Stirling and Polmont / Linlithgow, and instead an up to 15 minute wait to change train will be required at Falkirk Grahamston? THIS IS FARCICAL!”


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