Time for new timetables

It's all change from 9 December 2018.

From Sunday 9 December 2018, our new timetable will deliver faster journeys, more seats, and more services for our customers. Keep informed of any changes on your preferred route by checking your new timetable online or viewing your journey planner.

The introduction of both high-speed trains and brand-new Class 385 electric trains, as well as major infrastructure improvements like the electrification of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa route, will all enable the delivery of the enhanced timetable.

This major timetable improvement is an important step in our journey towards building the best railway Scotland has ever had, with further timetable improvements to come in 2019.

What does the timetable change mean for you?

Faster journeys

  • The fastest journey time between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High will now be just 42 minutes

  • Journey times on key services between Glasgow, Stirling and Alloa will be reduced by up to five minutes

More services

  • New half hourly service between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street High Level (via Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston) using brand new electric Class 385 trains
  • New hourly service between Dundee and Arbroath, providing close to an hourly local service for Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, and Carnoustie
  • New service between Aberdeen and Montrose, providing an hourly service at Laurencekirk, Stonehaven, and Portlethen
  • Nine additional services between Inverness and Elgin, giving close to an hourly all-day service for Nairn, Forres and Elgin

More seats

  • Our brand-new Class 385 electric trains will now travel on all services between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High
  • Our Class 385 electric trains will be introduced on services between Glasgow Queen Street, Stirling and Alloa
  • Our Class 365 electric trains will be introduced on services between Edinburgh, Stirling and Dunblane
  • More services between North Berwick and Edinburgh will have six carriages
  • Many Glasgow Central to Neilston services will increase from three to four carriages
  • More peak services between Airdrie and Balloch will have six carriages
  • More three carriage trains will operate between Edinburgh and Tweedbank

Further timetable improvements will be delivered in May and December 2019.

Summary of changes

The new timetable brings a number of changes for customers travelling from stations between Dundee and Arbroath. These include:

  • New hourly service between Dundee and Arbroath
  • More than 4,000 additional seats each day introduced into this corridor
  • Daily services at Broughty Ferry increasing from 16 to 36
  • Daily services at Monifieth increase from 7 to 28
  • Daily services at Carnoustie increase from 34 to 45
  • Daily services at Arbroath increase from 61 to 90

Please note that if you travel onward to Perth or Glasgow, you may need to change at Dundee, and if you travel to Aberdeen, you may need to change at Arbroath.

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The new timetable brings a number of changes for customers travelling from stations between Montrose and Aberdeen. These include:

  • New hourly local service between Montrose and Aberdeen calling at Laurencekirk, Stonehaven and Portlethen
  • More than 5,000 additional seats each day introduced into this rail corridor
  • Daily services at Montrose increase from 52 to 91
  • Daily services at Laurencekirk increase from 24 to 40
  • Daily services at Stonehaven increase from 50 to 71
  • Daily services at Portlethen increase from 20 to 41

Please note if you are travelling to Dundee, Glasgow or Edinburgh you may need to now change at Montrose.

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The new timetable brings a number of changes for customers travelling from stations between Elgin and Inverness. These include:

  • Nine additional services providing close to hourly service for much of the day
  • More than 1,500 additional seats each day, providing 60 per cent more capacity
  • Journey times of around 40 minutes between Elgin and Inverness, making rail travel considerably faster than car

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The new timetable brings a number of changes for customers travelling from stations between Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Falkirk and Edinburgh. These include:

  • Services between Falkirk Grahamston and Edinburgh increase from two to four trains an hour for most of the day
  • More than 11,000 additional seats each day between Falkirk Grahamston and Edinburgh
  • Services between Glasgow and Falkirk Grahamston increase from hourly to half hourly with a 45-minute journey time
  • All services formed of modern Class 385 electric trains, which are quieter and provide greater comfort
  • More than 7,000 additional seats each day between Falkirk Grahamston and Glasgow
  • More capacity for customers travelling from Polmont and Linlithgow to Edinburgh
  • Cumbernauld route now has direct trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow, limiting the need for customers to drive to Croy
  • Service between Glasgow and Cumbernauld reverts to half hourly service via Glasgow Queen Street High Level, with average journey time of less than 30 minutes

Please note, for those passengers travelling from Linlithgow and Polmont to Larbert, Stirling, Bridge of Allan or Dunblane you may now need to change at Falkirk Grahamston.

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New benefits for customers travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High include:

  • All services formed of modern Class 385 electric trains, which are quieter and provide greater comfort
  • A fastest journey time of 42 minutes
  • On Sundays, more services are planned to call at Croy

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New benefits for customers travelling between Glasgow, Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane include:

  • Introduction of our brand-new Class 385 electric trains on this route, which are quieter and offer greater comfort
  • Services operated by Class 385s will save up to five minutes on journey times
  • More than 3,500 additional seats will be provided each day between Glasgow and Stirling

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Customers should note that the following services will temporarily leave slightly earlier than planned:

  • 11:21 Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street departs one minute earlier than normal at 1120
  • 13:27 Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street departs one minute earlier than normal at 1326
  • 20:32 Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street departs one minute earlier than normal at 2031
  • 22:45 Alloa to Glasgow Queen Street departs Alloa one minute earlier and Stirling two minutes earlier than normal

The new timetable brings a number of changes for customers travelling from stations between Edinburgh and Dunblane. These include:

  • During the day, services will no longer call at Polmont and Linlithgow, reducing the number of passengers traveling on these services
  • More than 4,000 additional seats will be provided each day
  • When combined with new Glasgow - Edinburgh via Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston service, the number of seats on corridor has doubled, resulting in an increase of 15,000 seats per day

Please note, for those passengers travelling from Dunblane, Bridge of Alan, Stirling or Larbert to Polmont or Linlithgow you may now need to change at Falkirk Grahamston.

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The new timetable brings a number of changes for customers travelling to and from North Berwick. These include:

  • More Class 385s will operate on this route, enabling us to strengthen more peak time journeys
  • More than 1,500 additional seats will be provided each day

Please note that the 07:55 North Berwick to Haymarket will now terminate at Edinburgh.

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It's all change from 9 December

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