The ScotRail Alliance announces additional services for Edinburgh's August festivals

Friday, 28 July 2017

The ScotRail Alliance announces additional services for Edinburgh’s August festivals

  • More services, late-night trains and extra carriages compared to the regular timetable
  • Trains will be very busy, so people are urged to plan ahead

The ScotRail Alliance is urging people going to Edinburgh’s August festivals to plan their journeys in advance, as it announced more services, late-night trains and extra carriages for the three-week extravaganza.

Thousands of people will travel to Edinburgh for the events, which will mean services will be much busier than normal.

Highlights of the ScotRail Alliance’s festivals programme include:

  • Additional late night trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street (via Falkirk High) operating daily, departing from Edinburgh at 00.01 and 00.30.
  • A major increase in the number of carriages between Glasgow and Edinburgh, particularly Friday to Sunday, both via the Airdrie/Bathgate line and via Falkirk High.
  • Many extra carriages between Edinburgh and Fife on Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • An extra service running after midnight between North Berwick and Edinburgh, getting people to and from the Fringe by the Sea.

Perry Ramsey, Operations Director at the ScotRail Alliance, said:

“Edinburgh’s August festivals are one of the highlights of the year, attracting talent and tourists from all over the world. It’s a great chance to showcase the very best of Scotland.

“The ScotRail Alliance will once again do everything it can to help the events run smoothly. We will put on more services, late-night trains and extra carriages compared to our regular timetable.

“But despite these extra services and carriages we are putting on, trains will be very, very busy during the festivals. Thousands of people will be travelling to and from Edinburgh to enjoy the great attractions the festivals have to offer.

“To make journeys as hassle free as possible we are urging passengers to plan their journeys in advance by visiting www.scotrail.co.uk, downloading the ScotRail app and buying a ticket before they board.

“We are also encouraging passengers to use all the available services between Edinburgh and Glasgow, including Glasgow Central, and the high and low levels at Glasgow Queen Street.”

Comedian Craig Hill, who will perform his Someone’s Gonna Get Kilt show at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), said:

“It’s very exciting to have the Edinburgh Festival Fringe happening again, especially with the 70th anniversary celebration.

“The city gets packed with people from all over the world enjoying the shows and the atmosphere, so of course the streets as well as the trains will be very busy.

“Make sure you plan your Fringe experience and your journeys in advance, so it’s all nice and easy and make sure you have loads of fun, fun, fun!”

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:

“We are delighted that the ScotRail Alliance is providing extra rail services to and from Edinburgh during August.

“These additional services will make it easier for people to enjoy the Fringe and Edinburgh’s other major festivals, and also comfortably get back to their homes right across Scotland’s central belt.”

Details of some of the services during the August festivals

West of Scotland

  • Additional late night trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street (via Falkirk High) will operate daily, departing from Edinburgh at 00.01 and 00.30. These services will not stop at Haymarket
  • A significant increase in the number of carriages for services between Edinburgh and Glasgow (including via Falkirk High, and along the Airdrie to Bathgate line), particularly between Friday and Sunday of the Festival
  • On Friday and Saturday evenings there will be an additional 00.09 service between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street lower level, via Bathgate. This service won’t call at Haymarket or High Street

Fife

  • On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there will be a major increase in the number of carriages between Edinburgh and Fife
  • On Friday evenings the 23.59 service between Edinburgh and Glenrothes will run via Dunfermline

Dundee

  • On Friday and Saturday evenings there will be an additional 23.52 service between Edinburgh and Dundee, via Kirkcaldy. This service won’t call at Springfield

North Berwick

  • From Tuesday 8 August until Monday 14 August, there will be an additional 00.03 North Berwick to Edinburgh service to get passengers back from the Fringe by the Sea event
  • On Sunday 13 August there will be an additional late night service – 23.15 Edinburgh to North Berwick

Borders

  • On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there will be a substantial increase in the number of carriages on services departing Edinburgh

Party at the Palace

  • Additional carriages will be provided to get people to and from the Party at the Palace

Virgin Money fireworks event (Monday 28 August)

  • Queuing systems will be in place at Edinburgh Waverley on the night of the fireworks
  • Extra carriages will be added to trains to and from Edinburgh before and after the event