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ScotRail Alliance – more services and extra carriages for Edinburgh Festivals

Posted: 31st July 2018
  • Extra late night services and more carriages to get people to and from the Festivals
  • Customers encouraged to plan ahead

The ScotRail Alliance will be running more services, late-night trains, and extra carriages to get people to and from the Edinburgh Festivals this August.

With hundreds of thousands due to flock to the capital, services are expected be extremely busy and customers are being encouraged to plan their travel in advance and leave extra time for their journeys.

Highlights of the ScotRail Alliance’s Festivals programme include:

  • Additional late-night trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street (via Falkirk High) every night, departing from Edinburgh at 00.03 and 00.33.
  • Extra late-night trains in the early hours at weekends from Edinburgh to Bathgate, Fife, Dundee, and North Berwick (with a connection for Dunbar).
  • An extra late night/early morning service running after midnight between North Berwick and Edinburgh from late night Friday/early morning Saturday 3 until 12 August, getting people home from the Fringe by the Sea.

Extra carriages will be added on all routes out of Edinburgh Waverley, with the Borders benefitting from an extra 34 carriages on trains throughout the day. Services between the capital and Fife, Perth, Dundee will see an increase of 11 per cent compared with last year.

Festival-goers can plan their journey and buy tickets using the ScotRail app or by visiting Customers can bring up to two children (aged 15 or under) with them when they buy a ‘Kids Go Free’ off peak return.

Customers can find out more at

Angus Thom, the ScotRail Alliance’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“We’re delighted to be helping people get to and from the Edinburgh Festivals, one of the great highlights of the Scottish cultural calendar.

“As with previous years, we’ll be doing all we can to keep things running smoothly. As well as running extra trains, including late-night trains, every available carriage will be used to get people to and from Edinburgh.

“Trains are going be extremely busy. We’re encouraging everyone visiting the capital to plan their journey in advance by using our app or the ScotRail website, and to buy a ticket before they board.”


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