ScotRail urges rugby fans to plan ahead

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

ScotRail is advising rugby fans travelling to the Autumn Internationals at Murrayfield to plan their journey in advance.

Engineering improvements on both match days (12 and 19 November) mean that there is no direct trains to Edinburgh from Stirling and Dunblane.

Customers travelling from this area should travel by replacement bus to Falkirk High, where they can transfer to a train to Haymarket or Edinburgh. Returning from the match, the same will apply, with customers from Edinburgh stations changing at Falkirk High for a replacement bus onwards.

To accommodate the additional passengers, ScotRail is running five trains per hour in each direction on the route via Falkirk High instead of the usual four. Extra replacement buses are in place for journeys from the Stirling and Dunblane area to Falkirk High.

Journey times will take longer than normal and there may be a short wait for connecting transport at Falkirk High. An alcohol ban enforced by the British Transport Police will be in place on trains before and after the match.

Customers are advised to save time and money by buying their tickets before they board – either at the station, on the ScotRail app, at, or by calling 0344 811 0141.

ScotRail’s customer relations director, Jacqueline Taggart said: “Extra staff will be on hand to ensure journeys go smoothly, with a queuing system in place at Haymarket station after the match. We would like to thank our customers for their understanding as we work to deliver faster, longer, greener trains across the central belt from next autumn.”

More information about the rail improvements – and the impact on timetables – can be found at


Scotland take on Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday 12 November (KO 1430), and Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday 19 November (KO 1700).

On 12 and 19 November train services are cancelled between Stirling, Dunblane, and Edinburgh to allow for improvement works.

New faster, longer, greener trains for Scotland will be phased in from autumn 2017 bringing more seats and shorter journey times.