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Posted: 25th August 2016

Later start and early shutdown from 4 September

Buses will supplement trains to keep customers moving

Electrification programme on track for completion next summer

Faster, longer, greener trains from September 2017

Customers across the Central belt should expect changes to their services as the ScotRail Alliance continues its electrification programme to transform ScotRail’s railway.

The routes affected by timetable changes are:

Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High

Perth / Dunblane / Stirling – Edinburgh

Inverness/Aberdeen/Dundee/Alloa – Glasgow

Trains on some routes will start later on Sunday mornings, and will only operate on part of the route between Sunday and Thursday evenings, after approx. 8.30pm.  Buses will replace trains on portions of each route at these times. (See notes to editors).

Customers travelling ‘end to end’ between Glasgow and Edinburgh will be able to train services to and from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level, via Airdrie and Bathgate. The service alterations run from Sunday 4 September until Thursday 31 March 2017 with a break for the festive period. This will enable engineers to progress electrification of Scotland’s railway – part of the Scottish Government’s network wide enhancement programme.

Electrification 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.”

Full timetables will return over the festive period – 8 December to 7 January.

Further timetable changes – including other routes in the Central belt – will follow, as the ScotRail Alliance progresses its plans to transform Scotland’s Railway.  More details will be published as soon as possible.

Details of the changes from 4 September can be found at Note: Some Sunday morning bus information is currently still being loaded in to retail systems. This will show on the ScotRail app and on the ScotRail website in due course.

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