Commuters can expect disruption on trains from next month after Scotrail announced it is changing train times across the central belt with replacement buses being put in place.
As the electrification programme continues, services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High and between Edinburgh and Perth, Dunblane and Stirling will be amended on Sunday mornings, as well as Sunday to Thursday evenings after around 8.30pm the Scotrail Alliance has announced.
Buses will replace trains on portions of each route.
The service alterations run from Sunday, September 4 until Thursday, March 31 next year with a break for the festive period.
The work is being carried out to progress the electrification of Scotland’s railway, which the operator says will deliver more seats on new faster, longer, greener trains from autumn 2017.
David Dickson, ScotRail Alliance infrastructure director, said: “Central belt electrification will allow us to run faster, longer, greener trains and cut journey times while increasing the number of seats available. The work we are delivering represents a huge investment in Scotland’s railway that will help transform travel on our network.
“We understand the inconvenience this work will cause our customers and every effort has been made to minimise disruption as much as we possibly can. We are urging people to check their journey now and certainly before they set off.
“All of the information that people will need to plan their journey during these improvement works is already available on the ScotRail app and website. We will of course have extra staff on hand at key stations to assist customers.”
Further timetable changes, including other routes in the central belt, are to follow.
Details of the changes can be found here.
Glasgow – Edinburgh via Falkirk High
Customers travelling end to end between both cities should use train services that operate to and from Glasgow Queen Street Low level via Airdrie and Bathgate.
Sunday mornings: Sunday, September 4 – Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, January 8 – Sunday, March 27, 2017 - trains will start at 11:00. Replacement buses will run until this time.
Croy: First train to Edinburgh at 11:12, first train to Glasgow is at 12:07.
Linlithgow: First train to Edinburgh at 11:16, first train to Glasgow is at 11:19.
Sunday – Thursday evenings: Sun, Sept 4 – Thurs, Dec 8, 2016 and Sun, Jan 8 – Thurs, Mar 31, 2017: After 20:30 trains run between Glasgow – Polmont only, with replacement buses operating between Polmont - Linlithgow – Edinburgh.
These changes will not affect Friday and Saturday services, or trains all day on Sunday, September 25.
Perth/Dunblane/Stirling - Edinburgh
Sunday mornings: Sun, Sept 4 – Sun, Dec 4 and Sun, Jan 8 – Sun, Mar 27, 2017: Trains operate between Perth/Dunblane/Stirling - Falkirk Grahamston until approx. 11:00 with replacement buses on the remainder of the route. Normal timetable runs from 11:00 until 20:30.
Bishopbriggs: First train to Edinburgh at 11:21, changing at Larbert.
Lenzie: First train to Edinburgh at 11:27, changing at Larbert.
Croy: First train to Edinburgh at 11:33, changing at Larbert.
Sunday – Thursday evenings: Sun, Sept 4 – Thurs, Dec 8: After 20:30 trains run between Perth/Dunblane/Stirling - Polmont only with replacement buses operating between Polmont - Edinburgh via Linlithgow and Edinburgh Park. Last ‘through’ Monday - Thursday train departs Dunblane at 20:28, and from Edinburgh at 20:33. Last ‘through’ Sunday train departs Dunblane at 20:01 and from Edinburgh at 20:35.
Dunblane: further timetable changes on Dunblane services will be announced in due course
Glasgow – Alloa/Dundee/Aberdeen/Inverness
Sunday mornings: Sun, Sept 4 – Sun, Dec 4 and Sun, Jan 8 – Sun, Mar 27, 2017: Trains departing before 11:00 will be diverted via Cumbernauld and do not call at Bishopbriggs, Lenzie or Croy. Replacement buses connect these stations to Stirling/Glasgow.