New Linlithgow shuttle service to keep customers moving

Friday, 11 September 2020

A new rail shuttle service between Linlithgow and Edinburgh will be introduced from Monday, 14 September to keep customers moving between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The service will operate in both directions and will call at Linlithgow, Edinburgh Park, Haymarket, and Edinburgh Waverley.

Existing replacement bus services between Falkirk Grahamston and Linlithgow remain in place for customers.

Customers can also travel end-to-end between Glasgow and Edinburgh on services to and from Queen Street Low Level via Airdrie and Bathgate, as well as on services to and from Glasgow Central via Shotts.

ScotRail is running the shuttle services while flood damage repairs are carried out by Network Rail on the main line between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street, near Polmont.

Network Rail is working around-the-clock to repair around 300m of track which was damaged when torrents of water cascaded from the Union Canal following unprecedented rainfall on Wednesday, 12 August.

The force of thousands of gallons of water flowing from the breached canal bank completely washed away sections of track. The power of the flooding water also washed away overhead power masts, damaged others, and left dozens of uprooted trees strewn across the tracks.

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said:

“The unprecedented rainfall near Polmont had a severe impact on Scotland’s Railway, from which we’re still trying to recover.

“Network Rail’s specialist engineers are working as quickly as possible to complete repairs to the track and railway infrastructure near Polmont that was caused by flood damage.

“To keep customers moving until we’re able to get the line reopened and services back to normal, we’ll be running a rail shuttle service between Linlithgow and Edinburgh.”