ScotRail unveils biggest Edinburgh Festival timetable

ScotRail train ScotRail will provide new services and extra carriages for the Edinburgh Festival

Visitors from out of town planning to visit the Edinburgh Festival will benefit from a major expansion to rail timetables in August.

ScotRail has unveiled its biggest-ever service provision for the event.

More trains and hundreds of extra carriages will be laid on next month.

There will be new services for Fife, Stirling and the west of Scotland.

The timetable features brand new services, including:

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  • 15 extra trains linking the capital with Stirling on Sundays
  • a new late night train to Glenrothes-with-Thornton, departing Edinburgh at 23.59 on Fridays
  • six more Sunday trains on the Edinburgh-Helensburgh route.

The timetable will also include late-night trains to Glasgow - leaving Edinburgh at 00.01 and 00.30 seven days a week.

There will be an extra service to Dundee.

And there will be additional night-time trains to North Berwick and Garscadden on Fridays and Saturdays.

Customers travelling to and from the festivals will also benefit from extra carriages on many existing services.

However, the train operator is stressing that late-night services will still be busy as thousands of festival-goers travel to and from the capital.

Reduce congestion

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail's managing director, said: "We have continued to expand the Festivals timetable - new services for Fife, Stirling and the west of Scotland - so that even more customers can enjoy the exciting events in the capital.

"We will use all carriages available to us, but we know that some services - particularly last trains home - will still be busy.

"I would encourage festival-goers to help their journeys run smoothly by buying tickets in advance."

Fringe festival tickets will be sold at a box office at Glasgow Queen Street station, following its successful introduction last year.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "The extra services will make it easier for festival goers to enjoy the very best the city has to offer during August with more opportunities to spend time and money here in Scotland's capital while helping reduce congestion around the city - all good news for organisers, good news for businesses and good news for Scotland's economy."

Kath M Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "The largest arts festival in the world will now be even more accessible to audiences across Scotland thanks to ScotRail's biggest-ever Festivals timetable."

Full list of expanded services

West of Scotland

- Additional late night Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High services will operate seven days a week from 2-24 August, departing Edinburgh at 00.01 and 00.30. These will not call at Haymarket.

- On Fridays and Saturdays from 2-24 August, a late night service will run to Garscadden via Bathgate at 00.06. This will not call at Haymarket, High Street, Charing Cross or Partick.

- Three services in each direction on the Helensburgh-Airdrie route will be extended every Sunday morning in August to start and finish at Edinburgh.


- A total of 15 extra services linking Stirling with Edinburgh every Sunday in August - leaving Stirling at 10.46, 11.47, 12.46, 13.46, 14.46, 15.47 and 16.46 and returning from Edinburgh at 11.04, 12.04, 13.04, 14.04, 15.04, 16.04, 17.04 and 18.04.


- For the first time, an additional 23.59 Edinburgh to Glenrothes-with-Thornton (via Dunfermline) service will operate on Fridays from 2-23 August.


- On Fridays and Saturdays from 2-24 August, there will be a 23.52 service from Edinburgh to Dundee via Kirkcaldy.

North Berwick

- On Fridays and Saturdays from 2-24 August, an additional Edinburgh to North Berwick service will operate at 23.56, with buses to Dunbar connecting at Drem.

- From 5-10 August, ScotRail will run a 23.59 North Berwick to Edinburgh service to help customers travel back from Fringe by the Sea events.

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