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LNER has announced a long-awaited speedy service between Edinburgh and London, that will launch in December if everything goes to plan - linking the two capitals in just over four hours.
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Due to heavy rainfall and flooding on parts of the track between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, LNER have cancelled all train services between the two cities for at least the rest of the day.
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ScotRail has reported that services between Helensburgh Central and Edinburgh will be affected.
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Grand Union has begun industry consultation over a proposal to operate five open access services a day between Cardiff and Edinburgh, and separately is looking at rolling stock options for its planned London - Carmarthen and London - Stirling services.
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Trains between Edinburgh and Inverness, and Glasgow and Inverness, will start and terminate at Perth.
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ScotRail are holding a public consultation on a proposed new timetable for services between Edinburgh, Fife, and the Tay Cities, including services to the new stations at Cameron Bridge and Leven.

As the Levenmouth Rail Link reopens, ScotRail are taking the opportunity to propose changes to the timetable that will benefit people across Fife, based on feedback received from customers and stakeholders.
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Those travelling by rail between Newcastle and Edinburgh will have to take a replacement bus service between the two cities as engineering works will close all lines over the weekend of Saturday September 23.
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The 18-deck cruise ship brought a total of 4,000 people to Inverclyde when it arrived this week.
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The national rail operator has launched a six-week consultation on a new schedule regarding the Levenmouth Rail Link. [See original item of the 11th.]
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As part of our vision to support thriving, connected, and resilient communities and destinations that are great places to live, work, and visit, we are holding a public consultation on a proposed new timetable for services between Edinburgh, Fife, and the Tay Cities. This includes services to the new stations at Cameron Bridge and Leven. The consultation opens on Monday, 11 September 2023, and will be available until Monday, 23 October 2023.
(Permalink) Cameron Bridge Edinburgh Fife Leven Tay Timetable

Leven: Job done. Track has been laid to the platform ends at Leven with a continuous line of rails from Thornton North Junction. A crossover remains to be inserted. 19 August 2023
Bill Roberton 19/08/2023

Leven: A crossover was being installed on 30 August 2023, just short of Leven station.
Bill Roberton 30/08/2023

Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are urging passengers to check before travelling as key upgrades take place on the route between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
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British Transport Police have urged parents and carers to speak with their children about the dangers of the railway.
(Permalink) British Transport Police Carfin Edinburgh Electrification Electrocution Holytown Lanarkshire Murrayfield

So-called 'hit and run tourism' is one reason why Venice has moved to cut cruise ship visits.
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SNP MSP John Mason has called for the electrification of a railway line running through Glasgow city centre, as well as a new station that would 'take pressure off' Queen Street station and Central station. The MSP says a new station at Glasgow Cross would allow trains to run directly from Ayr to Edinburgh and stop in Glasgow en route but not at either of the city's two main stations.
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ScotRail said the increase reflects a trend which has seen more travellers use the service outwith peak times than before the pandemic.
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A new service connecting Edinburgh and Paris with an overnight, direct sleeper train has been proposed and the services will boast 'better privacy, quality catering and digital services'.
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Commuters are facing a disruptive end to the year as forecasters warn of further snow showers.
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Two Edinburgh city centre bridges, on New Street and Calton Road, have undergone extensive refurbishment work in recent months.
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Members of Dunbar Community Council have expressed their confusion that ScotRail's Kids for a Quid scheme does not cover journeys between Edinburgh Waverley and Dunbar - and have called on the train operator to be clearer as to why.
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New cut-price Edinburgh-London operator Lumo has become the second most complained about train firm in Britain, new official figures show.
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FirstGroup's 100% electric rail operator Lumo has achieved two major milestones in its first year, having attracted a million passengers and seen rail overtake air travel to become the preferred mode of transport between Edinburgh and London.

Since the introduction of its full timetable in April, Lumo has helped to make rail the favoured mode of transport between Edinburgh and London. Its average ticket price is just £37.

Between April and August, 57% of journeys between Edinburgh and London were by rail, compared to a pre-pandemic position of 35% for April-August 2019. Some 66% of travellers chose rail over domestic flights in August itself, suggesting the trend may be set to continue.
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Scotrail warned commuters that services would be limited after a signalling fault left trains unable to leave Haymarket.
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Plans to connect Edinburgh with Fife via ferry could be tabled as part of a new public transport plan that will look to bring neighbouring local authorities in closer contact with the capital.
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Granton Pier: A look 'ashore' along Granton Middle Pier where the wooden station was situated to the right of the newer brick building. Nowadays this is more of a quay than a pier as the West Harbour has been fille ...
David Panton 26/12/2020

Forth Bridge: View of the Forth Bridge from South Queensferry in 1963, the year before the road bridge was opened. Two of the ferries which would be made redundant following the opening of the road bridge stand at ...
John Alexander //1963

Instead the operator is offering more discounted tickets on two earlier services
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Customers have been asked to consider alternatives to the busy 10:51 Inverness-Edinburgh service.
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The news of more local routes - such as in Glasgow and Edinburgh - comes after a merger with Belgian operator, Thalys, where Eurostar is expected to expand their destinations network.
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Rail commuters may face disruption this morning after Scotrail announced that some services to Fife could be cancelled.
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Six places in Scotland are among those bidding for the headquarters of a new UK Government body which will take over control of Britains railways even though it is still unclear what role the organisation will have north of the Border.
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Glasgwegians are being urged to check their West Coast Main Line journeys, as engineering works are set to disrupt rail services between London and Glasgow.
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Scotrail recently completed their largest ever public consultation on train routes across Scotland and have announced changes to a number of their rail services
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The Scottish Government recently published their Strategic Transport Projects Review and recommended that Edinburgh joins Aberdeen and Glasgow in having a new mass transit scheme.
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LNER and many other train operators had to cut their services in December and January due to staff shortages caused by the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus
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TransPennine Express has revealed hopes to boost its Edinburgh-Newcastle stopping service to hourly as the operator prepares to step up trains on the route from two to five a day in each direction from Sunday.
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Edinburgh Waverley: A Trans Pennine Class 802 leaves Edinburgh Waverley with the 12.33 to Newcastle on 3rd August 2020.
Bill Roberton 03/08/2020

Lumo have announced that there early sales have gone very well and were also delighted to recently open up their new base and recruiting 100 new staff in the process.
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Edinburgh Waverley: The Lumo train from London after arrival at Edinburgh on the inaugural run.
John Yellowlees 21/10/2021

Finsbury Park: The very first Lumo service to Edinburgh Waverley to carry passengers heads away from the camera as it speeds past Finsbury Park station at 10.50, 5 minutes after its departure from King's Cross, on t ...
David Bosher 25/10/2021

Hogmanay revellers travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow on New Years Eve are set to be hit with travel chaos as rail engineering works will shut down a line on the route.

From December 27 until December 31, all lines will be closed between Glasgow Central and Motherwell which will prevent ScotRail, LNER and CrossCountry services running on the line.
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Glasgow Central: Christmas decorations at Glasgow Central today (30th).
John Yellowlees 30/11/2016

The Campaign For Border Rail group held an annual general meeting this weekend for the first time in its 22 year history. The meeting, which was held at Tullie House in Carlisle, heard a loud call for the extension of the border rail northwards from the city through Hawick. This is hoped that this would complete the reinstatement of the main line formerly known as the Waverley Route.
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Hawick [2nd]: Deltic D9007 'Pinza' arriving at Hawick on 5 January 1969 with the northbound RCTS (West Riding Branch) 'Farewell to the Waverley Route' railtour.
Bruce McCartney 05/01/1969

Teviot Viaduct: Looking south at the stump of the Waverley Route embankment through Hawick on 18 September 2013.
Colin Miller 18/09/2013

Hawick [2nd]: The lever frame at Hawick South signal box at Christmas time in 1968. The photograph was taken at approximately 11.30pm on 23 December with the route set for a special Edinburgh - Hawick parcels train ...
Bruce McCartney 23/12/1968

The wraps came off Scotlands first competitor train service between Edinburgh and London on Thursday as Lumo's showcase inaugural run crossed the Border ahead of its public launch on Monday.
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Edinburgh Waverley: Great strapline! The inaugural Lumo service from London arrives in Edinburgh.
John Yellowlees 21/10/2021

Edinburgh Waverley: The new Lumo train. Opportunities for families to sit alongside each other.
John Yellowlees 21/10/2021

Edinburgh Waverley: Galley of the new Lumo service.
John Yellowlees 21/10/2021

The train company Lumo wants to encourage greener and more affordable travel between the capitals.
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Edinburgh Waverley: A Lumo service at Waverley station just after 1500 on the first day of public service.
John Yellowlees 21/10/2021

Edinburgh Waverley: The launch of the new Lumo service seen at Edinburgh Waverley on the first day of service.
John Yellowlees 21/10/2021

Several train services between Arbroath and Edinburgh, as well as one between Edinburgh and Perth, were cancelled or altered on Friday.
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A rail link which takes passengers direct from Greenfaulds and Cumbernauld station to Edinburgh is under threat via proposed timetable changes by ScotRail, in a move that has drawn criticism from the constituency's Parliamentarians.
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Greenfaulds: An Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street service calls at Greenfaulds on 22 June 2019.
David Panton 22/06/2019

Cumbernauld: With the Class 314 railtour in the turnback siding, 385112 on a Queen St to Waverley service heads north from Cumbernauld on 18 December 2019. Weather conditions were not their best during this stop w ...
John McIntyre 18/12/2019

ScotRail appeared to have given up on Perth's rail link to Edinburgh when it was grilled by irate passengers during an online public meeting.
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If it goes ahead passengers could fall asleep on departure from Glasgow or Edinburgh and wake up in Frankfurt.
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FirstGroup is to launch a budget direct London-Edinburgh rail service next month, which it hopes will lure air passengers to the train as a cheaper and greener alternative. The new service, branded Lumo, will have just one single class of travel and the company hopes it will carry more than 1 million passengers a year on the East Coast line - slightly more than currently fly between the English and Scottish capitals.
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A new rail service running between Edinburgh and London hopes of rivalling domestic air travel with fares starting at just £14.90.
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When the new Lumo rail service launches next month, it will officially make train travel between the Scottish and English capitals cheaper than it is to buy a return between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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No trains will be running between Glasgow and Edinburgh on Sunday, due to engineering works and strike action.

ScotRail said there would also be no replacement buses running between the two cities.
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ScotRail took to Twitter to confirm that there will be no train services or replacement bus services running between Glasgow and Edinburgh tomorrow on any route.
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Scotrail has recently come under fire from commuters after revealing the price of their new Anytime Return ticket from Edinburgh to Glasgow - now we want to see how far we can make our money stretch.
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Scotrail has announced they will be launching a new flexible ticket for customers travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow but once they revealed the cost, many hit back saying it was too expensive.
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ScotRail has launched two new Open Return fares between Scotlands two biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
From today, Monday 30 August, customers can now book return journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh with the return ticket valid for up to one month.
The new fare has the option to travel any time of day for £30, or with off-peak travel only for £18.40.
Ticket can be bought and stored on the ScotRail app using the mTicket system, online at, in stations at a self-service ticket machine or ticket office and by phone.
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Train journeys between Perth and Inverness were faster in the 19th century and they are about to get even slower. [The article refers to route alterations south, not north, of Perth. Inverness to Edinburgh will be via Stirling. Perth to Edinburgh will be via Cowdenbeath. -RS]
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Passengers - some of whom have wanted to travel into the Edinburgh Festival - are demanding to know why there are no longer any direct trains into the capital from Motherwell Station.
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The iconic steam train will be travelling across the Forth Bridge, through Fife and then back to Edinburgh between Thursday and Friday.
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Aberdour: 4472 'Flying Scotsman' climbs away from Aberdour with a southbound charter believed to be 'The Fair Maid' on 1 October 1983.
Bill Roberton 01/10/1983

One resident reacted: 'I'd kill to see some of these lines reopen.'
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Duddingston: 158701 passes the closed Duddingston and Craigmillar Station with a presumed empty stock working to Haymarket Depot (didn't show up onrealtimetrains ...) and passes former rail-served breweries.
Bill Roberton 05/01/2016

Newington [NBR]: 68018 passes the site of Newington Station with empty stock for the evening Fife Circle service from Waverley on 6th August 2019.
Bill Roberton 06/08/2019

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Liz Smith has campaigned on the issue since 2013.
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A cross-Forth light railway linking Fife to Edinburgh could be considered for investment in the not-too-distant future, The Courier can reveal.
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LNER will add an extra 1,600 seats a week to its trains from next week. The increase, which comes into effect on Monday September 7, will see 10 trains added to the timetable between Scotland and England, connecting Newcastle, Durham, Berwick, Alnmouth and Darlington to York, London, Edinburgh and northern Scotland.
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The costs of two more flagship rail projects in Scotland have soared.
A Sunday Post investigation earlier this month revealed works on lines between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Aberdeen to Inverness, were tens of millions of pounds over budget.
Now its been confirmed that electrification work on the Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane lines, as well as a 46-mile section of the Shotts line, is currently 50% over budget.
The Office of Rail and Road confirmed it had launched an investigation into the budget overruns, blamed on poor design and extra costs of meeting safety legislation.
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ScotRail is to launch a Sunday train service for day trippers to Oban from Edinburgh, Linlithgow and Polmont over six weeks this summer.
The service has been welcomed by VisitScotland. It will start on Sunday 25 July and run each Sunday until 29 August inclusive. The service is timed to give passengers five hours in the West Highland town and designed to appeal to people in Edinburgh and West Lothian who would love a day out in Oban - without taking the car. The train will leave Edinburgh Waverley at 0810 and arrive back in the capital at 2107.
Graeme Macfarlan, marketing manager at ScotRail said that the move was in direct response to listening to customers - as well as people opting to holiday in the UK due to ongoing uncertainty regarding air travel. He added: 'Many customers in the East of Scotland have told us they would love to experience the West Highland Line for a day out but would prefer not to change trains - and sometimes stations - at Glasgow. This new, direct service changes all that and should boost tourism. And we'll be offering cream teas on the scenic route, which really is the icing on the cake of a special day out!'
David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland's Regional Director in Argyll said: 'We've just launched a £250,000 campaign specifically encouraging Scots to take holidays in their own country, so expanding train services to accommodate the needs of the day trip market fits very well with this.

(Permalink) Edinburgh Linlithgow Oban Polmont ScotRail West Highland Lines

Oban: Welcome to Oban is the gaelic greeting for disembarking ferry passengers as they make their way from the quayside to Oban station. This more unusual view of Oban station, and the late afternoon ...
Mark Bartlett 22/03/2010

Oban: 156 474 forming the 12.11 train to Glasgow Queen Street, awaits its departure time at Oban station on a very warm Sunday 23 May 2010.
Ken Browne 23/05/2010

Oban: First arrival of the day from Glasgow Queen Street runs into Oban on 18 February 2006. This train connects with the Craignure ferry.
Brian Smith 18/02/2006

Transport Scotland announce plans to boost services out of Alloa to Edinburgh from May this year.
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Alloa: A ScotRail 158 DMU waits at the buffer stops at Alloa station on 26 April 2018. The passenger information display shows the train to be the 1041 service to Glasgow Queen Street. Electrification work i ...
John Furnevel 26/04/2018

Alloa: 66167 passing the new Alloa station with empties from Longannet PS - Hunterston HL.
John Clark 23/02/2007

Alloa: The Rotary Club of Alloa barrel-train on the platform at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016

Hopes of reopening Edinburgh's South Suburban railway line look to have suffered a major blow after the Scottish Government ruled out any money for the project.
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Transport bosses consider extending the new Alloa rail link to Edinburgh as part of moves to reduce car use.
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Alloa: A ScotRail 158 DMU waits at the buffer stops at Alloa station on 26 April 2018. The passenger information display shows the train to be the 1041 service to Glasgow Queen Street. Electrification work i ...
John Furnevel 26/04/2018

Alloa: 66167 passing the new Alloa station with empties from Longannet PS - Hunterston HL.
John Clark 23/02/2007

Alloa: The Rotary Club of Alloa barrel-train on the platform at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016

The first minister pledges to reduce Inverness to Edinburgh rail journey times and make the A9 safer.
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Inverness: Scotrail HST on platform 3 at Inverness prior to working the 17:13 to Aberdeen on 4th October 2023.
Crinan Dunbar 04/10/2023

Inverness: Inverness 1 May 2017.
John Yellowlees 01/05/2017

Inverness: An early crest, and a modern poster, in the train shed at Inverness.
Crinan Dunbar 23/05/2023

A drunk teenager who put a piece of metal on a railway line could have caused a train derailment, Edinburgh Sheriff Court has heard.
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