Normal service will be resumed

Edinburgh to Glasgow train services set to resume
Edinburgh to Glasgow train services set to resume

Commuters can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the Winchburgh Tunnel closure for essential engineering works will finish on Sunday.

The six week closure of the tunnel near Linlithgow is part of the Scottish Government’s £742 million Glasgow-Edinburgh improvement programme which will see the line being electrified by 2016.

It is believed the EGIP project will deliver a 20 per cent reduction in journey times and 30 per cent more capacity within four years, as well as more comfortable, efficient and reliable trains.

Despite initial concerns that the rail works would coincide with part closures of the M8 motorway, traffic delays were minimal.

Some initial teething problems over the replacement bus services were soon remedied after complaints that some passengers were waiting up to an hour in queues.

Commuters can now breathe a sigh of relief as timetables will return to normal, and the replacement buses disappear from the High Street.

A spokesman for the Scotrail Alliance said: “Only one in ten of the regular passengers had stopped using trains during the disruption.

“We had extra staff at Linlithgow and other key stations and on buses to assist customers and check tickets.

“Initial indications are that the vast majority of customers have valid tickets to travel.”