Next Stage of Scotland-Wide Rail Upgrade Means Journey Changes

Thursday, 18 May 2017
  • Major infrastructure works underway across the network

  • Journeys may be affected after the end of the evening peak period

  • Customers advised to check dedicated webpage for info on their journey

The ScotRail Alliance is reminding customers to check before they travel as the next phase of the Scotland-wide rail upgrade programme gets under way this weekend.

From Sunday 21 May work will be carried out to improve the network in Central and Northern Scotland. On those routes affected by the work, there will be changes to journeys after the end of the evening peak period.

To help customers plan ahead, the ScotRail Alliance has summarised the key changes at different times of day between now and December on a dedicated webpage at scotrail.co.uk/improvements.

Journey times will be longer and customers can expect to see queuing systems in operation at key stations.

As well as increasing the overall reliability of the rail network, the improvement work takes the next step towards introduction of new faster, longer, greener trains for Scotland – meaning more seats and shorter journey times.

Jacqueline Taggart, ScotRail Alliance Customer Experience Director said: “No one likes having their journey changed. However, this short term disruption will lead to a more reliable, better rail network that will rank amongst the very best.

“We are going through a massive period of change on Scotland’s railway. The work that we are carrying out over the next few months will bring about a revolution in rail – with more and better trains, more services and more seats than ever before.

“However, while we transform the railway, there is inevitably going to be some impact on people’s services. We are doing everything we can to minimise this, and to keep people moving.”

NOTES

Timetable Summary by route:

Glasgow – Alloa / Stirling / Dunblane / Perth

  • On Sunday to Thursday evenings after 8pm, until Sunday 10 September, trains may be diverted or cancelled. Replacement buses operate when there are no trains running. The last trains of the day heading north may depart earlier than usual.

Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee / Aberdeen / Inverness

  • On Sunday to Thursday evenings after 8pm, until Sunday 10 September, services may be diverted via Polmont or cancelled. Replacement buses operate when there are no trains running. The last trains of the day heading north may depart earlier than usual.

Glasgow - Falkirk Grahamston

  • On Monday to Thursday evenings after 8pm, until Thursday 7 September, trains may be cancelled.
  • Trains between Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Cumbernauld run as normal with replacement buses operating between Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston.

Glasgow Central - Edinburgh via Shotts

  • On Sunday all day and Monday to Thursday evenings after 8pm, until Thursday 7 December, trains may be cancelled or operate between West Calder – Edinburgh only at certain times of the day. Replacement buses operate when there are no trains running.
  • Customers can also use Lanark trains, which run as normal, between Glasgow Central – Bellshill in both directions.