Montrose shuttle service to start next week

Friday, 11 September 2020

A new shuttle service between Montrose and Edinburgh will be introduced from Monday, 14 September to allow customers travelling in the north east to complete their journey by rail.

The service will run Monday to Saturday between Montrose and Edinburgh, and between Montrose and Dundee on Sundays.

It follows the introduction of a rail shuttle service between Aberdeen and Stonehaven last week.

Existing replacement bus services between Dundee and Aberdeen remain in place for customers travelling beyond Montrose.

Network Rail has begun work to reopen the railway at Stonehaven following the derailment on 12 August, however the full timescale for completion is not yet known.

A 600-tonne crane is being used by special engineers to carefully lift the derailed carriages from the railway, and a new 900-metre road and temporary bridges over the surrounding farmland have been created to bring the specialist lifting equipment to the site.

Once the carriages have been removed from the site, engineers will be able to assess the extent of repairs required to the tracks and bridge damaged in the derailment.

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said:

“Following the introduction of a rail shuttle service between Aberdeen and Stonehaven last week, from Monday we’ll begin to run a new shuttle service south of the derailment site between Montrose and Edinburgh.

“This means customers travelling in the north east will now be able to complete their journey by rail.

“As we work towards the full return of rail passenger services in the north east, we’ll continue to support those impacted by this tragic event in any way we can.”