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32 . Glasgow Business April/May 2016


“This is a once-in-a-generation project and one of the most ambitious ever planned on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route. The works will support the introduction of a new generation of faster, quieter and greener electric trains”


or Springburn for a connection to central Glasgow. Passengers from Cumbernauld,


Greenfaulds, Gartcosh and Stepps have seen services reduced from three a day to two – one direct and one requiring a change at Springburn. Tese passengers – and others – are advised


to use the ScotRail App or the journey planner on the ScotRail website to work out what works best for them.


ANNIESLAND – GLASGOW SERVICES


Te normal twice-hourly service has been reduced to one service each hour. Passengers from Ashfield, Possilpark and Parkhouse, Gilshochill, Summerston, Maryhill and Kelvindale can now either travel: • West towards Anniesland (hourly service) changing trains there for Queen Street • On an eastbound train towards Falkirk Grahamston, changing trains at Springburn for Queen Street Low Level. A careful check is needed to which option


provides a shorter journey. On Sundays, services between Anniesland


and Queen Street will terminate and start from Ashfield. Passengers travelling to Queen Street from Ashfield, Possilpark and Parkhouse, Gilshochill, Summerston, Maryhill and Kelvindale should travel west to Anniesland and change trains to reach Queen Street. Passengers from Anniesland might like to


check whether FirstGlasgow buses might provide a quicker route into the city centre.


MALLAIG/FORT WILLIAM/OBAN – GLASGOW


Services are using Queen Street Low level with journey times around 25 minutes longer than usual. Additional staff will be available to help passengers with cycles, luggage off the train, as Queen Street is a ‘through station’ rather than the end of the line.


CROY – GLASGOW


Almost all trains from/to Stirling or Falkirk High direction are calling at Croy on virtually the same frequency of four trains per hour to Glasgow and a half hourly service to Edinburgh and stations to Stirling. However, journeys are taking about 25 minutes longer.


BISHOPBRIGGS/LENZIE – GLASGOW


Trains to and from Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa will continue to call at both stations every half hour. However, the additional journey time of 25 minutes may make trains a less atractive option. In addition ScotRail is working with bus


operators to run additional services at peak travel times because of the heavy volume of passengers on this route.


HELENSBURGH/MILNGAVIE – QUEEN ST LOW LEVEL – EDINBURGH


Tere are fewer peak time services, different stopping paterns and new journey opportunities during the time of the Queen Street Tunnel closure. Te average journey time between Edinburgh and Glasgow on this route is 70 minutes. Tere has been no


Comfortable and connected trains


ScotRail has announced a seven-year £475 million train improvement programme. In the first phase of that programme over the next three years: • 180 carriages will be added to the fleet – bringing the total to almost 1,000 • Two-thirds of the current ScotRail trains will be refurbished by 2018 • More than 17,000 at-seat power points will be added to trains • 346 more trains will be equipped with free Wi-Fi • Seven Class 320 trains are being introduced in Scotland early this year


lessening of the number of seats available during peak travel times but ScotRail has redistributed the carriages in a different way.


GLASGOW WEST SERVICES


Local services in and to the west of the city have been reduced. Some services have had times and routes altered to accommodate the other services using Queen Street Low Level. Two services per hour that normally run to and from Dalmuir via Yoker each hour will now start and finish at Anderston. Dalmuir – Cumbernauld services are extended to Dumbarton Central and one of these each hour terminates at Springburn. Phil Verster, Managing Director of the


ScotRail Alliance, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is one of the busiest stations in Scotland. Every day, tens of thousands of people travel through the station on their way to work, to college or university or to visit friends.


Phil Verster


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