Rail investment means changes for central belt travellers

Published on : Thursday, October 13, 2016

41-300x200The ScotRail Alliance is today urging people whose travel plans will take them through the central belt to check their journey before setting off, as a number of timetable alterations come into force on Saturday 22 October.

ScotRail has created an interactive timeline to help customers plan ahead: scotrail.co.uk/improvements which summarises the key changes at different times of day between now and December.

The call comes as the latest phase in the work to upgrade Scotland’s rail network begins in the central belt. Journey times will be longer and customers can expect to see queuing systems in operation at key stations.


As well as increasing the overall reliability of the rail network, the improvement work clears the way for the introduction of new faster, longer, greener trains for Scotland – meaning more seats and shorter journey times.

The introduction of new electric trains in the central belt will lead to a revolution in rail services across Scotland, with an extra 200 daily services added, bringing in an extra 20,000 seats per day.


Sporting Fixtures

The ScotRail Alliance also confirmed that it was working closely with Aberdeen Football Club and the Scottish Rugby Union to develop specific plans that will help people travelling from the Aberdeen area to attend the upcoming Betfred Cup Semi Final match at Hampden and also to support people going to the Autumn Internationals at Murrayfield.

Jacqueline Taggart, ScotRail Alliance Customer Experience Director said:

“We are going through a massive period of change on Scotland’s railway. The work that we are carrying out over the next few months will bring about a revolution in rail – with more and better trains, more services and more seats than ever before.

“However, while we transform the railway, there is inevitably going to be some impact on people’s services. We are doing everything we can to minimise this, and to keep people moving. That is why we have set up a new, interactive webpage that helps customers see at a glance what is happening when they wish to travel.

“No one likes having their journey changed. However, this short term disruption will lead to a more reliable, better rail network that will rank amongst the very best.”

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