Christmas cracker - ScotRail Alliance adds extra carriages and more services

Monday, 27 November 2017
  • New late night trains

  • Extra carriages on Friday nights and weekends – providing almost 100,000 additional seats every weekend in the run-up to Christmas

  • Customers encouraged to plan ahead

Customers across the central belt are set to benefit from extra services and more carriages in the run-up to Christmas.

With the Christmas party season soon to be in full swing, the ScotRail Alliance is putting on extra late-night services between Edinburgh and Glasgow for partygoers, departing late Friday night/in the early hours of Saturday morning from Friday, 24 November until Friday, 22 December.

The new services will call at Haymarket, Linlithgow, Polmont, Falkirk High, Croy, Lenzie and Bishopbriggs in both directions.

Extra carriages will also be added to our busiest services on key routes across the Central Belt every Friday night and during weekends until Christmas, beginning on Friday 24 November. This will result in almost 100,000 extra seats being added to services on Fridays and weekends.

With services expected to be busy, customers are advised to buy their ticket before they board – either on the ScotRail app,, station ticket office, or ticket machine.

ScotRail Alliance head of customer experience Graham Heald said:

“We’re building the best railway Scotland has ever had, and a key part of this is keeping our customers moving as we head into Christmas.

“The run-up to Christmas is one of our busiest times of the year, so we’re doing all we can to get everyone where they want to be by adding extra services and more carriages.

“Whether customers are heading to the Christmas markets, a night out, or just picking up presents, we hope they have a great time - but we ask them to please double-check their last train times via the ScotRail app, or at”


Customers can visit our dedicated Christmas travel page for more information.

The four new services on Friday nights/early hours of Saturday morning will run from Friday 24 November until 22 December, departing at the following times:

  • From Edinburgh Waverley: 00:01, 01:10
  • From Glasgow Queen Street: 00:06, 01:09

Off Peak Day Returns purchased on the Friday will be valid on these extra late night services.

Only the following entrances/exits will be open for the extra late night trains:

  • Edinburgh Waverley: South ramp on to Waverley Bridge
  • Haymarket: Front door, next to bike racks
  • Glasgow Queen Street: Main Dundas Street entrance