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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-02667: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 28 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with ScotRail regarding timetable changes for the Edinburgh to Stirling route via Polmont and Linlithgow.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 6 December 2018

Transport Scotland has had extensive discussions with ScotRail in the development of the December 2018 timetable to deliver the best possible benefits from Scottish Government investment.

These timetable changes benefit the vast majority of travellers across the Central Belt, stimulate growth and support modal shift. This includes providing much needed relief to overcrowding at Polmont and Linlithgow.

Although there will be a loss of direct connectivity to Stirling from Polmont and Linlithgow, connectivity to Scotland’s two main cities will be enhanced, with services from these two stations now increasing from 2 to 4 trains per hour in each direction between Glasgow and Edinburgh.