Abellio ScotRail (Scottish Gaelic: Rèile na h-Alba), operating services under the name ScotRail, is the Dutch-owned national train operating company of Scotland. A subsidiary of Abellio, it has operated the ScotRail franchise since 1 April 2015.
|Rèile na h-Alba|
1 April 2015 – 31 March 2025
|Other Region(s)||Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear|
|National Rail abbreviation||SR|
In November 2013, Transport Scotland announced that Abellio, Arriva, FirstGroup, MTR Corporation and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the new ScotRail franchise. In October 2014, the franchise was awarded to Abellio. The franchise will operate for 7 years with a 3-year extension available contingent on performance criteria being met. Abellio began operating the franchise on 1 April 2015 and it opened the Borders Railway on 6 September 2015.
In June 2016, the RMT union announced that train guards would be going on strike several times during the summer months in protest at more driver only trains. Six 24-hour and three 48-hour strikes were held on ScotRail services during June and July 2016. An agreement was reached in September 2016, bringing an end to the dispute. It was agreed that the new Class 385 trains will have the doors controlled by both the driver and guard, with the driver opening the doors and the guard closing them.
On 20 January 2017 the Managing Director of ScotRail and the ScotRail alliance stepped down from his role after 18 months in the company. Within a few days Alex Hynes was named as the new Managing Director.
Abellio ScotRail took over all of the services operated by First ScotRail on 1 April 2015, except for the Caledonian Sleeper services, which were transferred to a separate franchise operated by Serco. The franchise agreement requires the introduction of 'Great Scottish Scenic Railway' trains on the West Highland, Far North, Kyle, Borders Railway and Glasgow South Western lines. Steam special services are also promoted by Abellio ScotRail.
Current off-peak services are as follows.
Central Belt UrbanEdit
|Milngavie to Motherwell and Cumbernauld||2||Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central and Airbles |
1tph extended to/from Cumbernauld, calling at Whifflet, Coatbridge Central and Greenfaulds
|Dalmuir to Larkhall via Singer||2||Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central, Chatelherault and Merryton|
|Dalmuir to Whifflet and Motherwell||2||Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie and Kirkwood. |
1tph extended to/from Motherwell
|North Clyde Line|
|Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Craigendoran, Cardross, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Dalmuir, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Coatdyke, Airdrie, Drumgelloch, Bathgate, Livingston North, Uphall, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket|
|Milngavie to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Airdrie, Drumgelloch, Caldercruix, Blackridge, Armadale, Bathgate, Livingston North, Uphall, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket|
|Balloch to Airdrie via Singer||2||Alexandria, Renton, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Dalmuir, Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Coatdyke|
|Dumbarton Central to Springburn||2||Dumbarton East, Bowling, Kilpatrick, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Duke Street, Alexandra Parade and Barnhill|
|Cumbernauld and Maryhill Lines|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Springburn, Stepps, Gartcosh, Greenfaulds, Cumbernauld, Camelon, Falkirk Grahamston, Polmont, Linlithgow, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket (Runs between Glasgow QS and Cumbernauld on Sundays only)|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Anniesland||2||Ashfield, Possilpark & Parkhouse, Gilshochill, Summerston, Maryhill and Kelvindale|
|Cathcart Circle Lines|
|Glasgow Central to Newton||2||Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida, Kings Park, Croftfoot, Burnside and Kirkhill|
|Glasgow Central to Neilston||2||Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Muirend, Williamwood, Whitecraigs and Patterton|
|Glasgow Central to Glasgow Central via Cathcart||2||Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida trains continue via Cathcart|
|2||Pollokshields West, Maxwell Park, Shawlands, Pollokshaws East, Langside, Cathcart trains continue via Mount Florida|
|Paisley Canal Line|
|Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal||2||Dumbreck, Corkerhill, Mosspark, Crookston and Hawkhead(1ph runs on Sundays)|
|Shotts and Lanark Lines|
|Glasgow Central to Lanark||2||Cambuslang, Uddingston, Bellshill, Motherwell, Shieldmuir, Wishaw and Carluke|
|Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley||1||Bellshill, Shotts, West Calder, Livingston South and Haymarket|
|1||Uddingston, Bellshill, Holytown, Carfin, Hartwood, Shotts, Fauldhouse, Breich, Addiewell, West Calder, Livingston South, Kirknewton, Curriehill, Wester Hailes, Kingsknowe, Slateford and Haymarket|
|Glasgow Central to Gourock||2||Cardonald, Hillington East, Hillington West, Paisley Gilmour Street, Paisley St James, Bishopton, Langbank, Woodhall, Port Glasgow, Bogston, Cartsdyke, Greenock Central, Greenock West and Fort Matilda|
|2||Paisley Gilmour Street, Bishopton, Port Glasgow, Greenock Central, Greenock West and Fort Matilda|
|Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay||1||Paisley Gilmour Street, Bishopton, Port Glasgow, Whinhill, Drumfrochar, Branchton, IBM and Inverkip|
|Ayrshire Coast Line|
|Glasgow Central to Ayr||2||Kilwinning, Irvine, Barassie, Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town and Newton-on-Ayr (1tph)|
|2||Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Milliken Park, Howwood, Lochwinnoch, Glengarnock, Dalry, Kilwinning, Irvine, Barassie, Troon, Prestwick International Airport and Prestwick Town|
|Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour||1||Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Dalry, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan Town|
|Glasgow Central to Largs||1||Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach, West Kilbride and Fairlie|
|Glasgow South Western Line|
|Glasgow Central to East Kilbride||2||Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Thornliebank, Giffnock, Clarkston, Busby, Thorntonhall (1tph) and Hairmyres|
|Glasgow Central to Barrhead||2||Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley and Nitshill|
|Carstairs and North Berwick Lines|
|Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley||1||Motherwell, Wishaw, Carluke, Carstairs and Haymarket |
is supplimented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
|Edinburgh Waverley to Dunbar||1||Musselburgh |
is supplimented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
|Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick||2 (1tph)||Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Longniddry and Drem (This service also operates half hourly on Saturdays (2tph))|
|Croy & Dunblane Lines|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling||2||Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert |
1tph extended to/from Alloa. 1tph extended to Dunblane via Bridge of Allan.
|Edinburgh Waverley to Dunblane||2||Haymarket, Edinburgh Park, Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon, Larbert, Stirling and Bridge of Allan (A daily service on weekdays runs between Edinburgh and Alloa)|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank||2||Brunstane, Newcraighall, Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow (1tph) and Galashiels (Runs hourly on Sundays)|
|Fife Circle Line|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Glenrothes with Thornton||1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Edinburgh Waverley via Fife||1||Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy |
trains continue via Glenthroes
|1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gatway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Cardenden, Glenrothes with Thornton |
trains continue via Kirkcaldy
|Edinburgh Waverley to Cowdenbeath||1||Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret|
InterCity and RuralEdit
|Glasgow - Falkirk - Edinburgh Line|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Croy, Falkirk High, Haymarket|
|2||Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow, Haymarket|
|Glasgow / Edinburgh - Aberdeen Lines|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Arbroath||1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank, Cupar, Leuchars, Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen||1||Haymarket, Cupar (infrequent), Leuchars, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose (about every two hours), Laurencekirk (infrequent), Stonehaven |
does not run hours when LNER services run to Aberdeen
|Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen||1||Stirling, Dunblane (infrequent), Gleneagles (infrequent), Perth, Dundee, Broughty Ferry (infrequent), Carnoustie (about every two hours), Arbroath, Montrose, Laurencekirk (about every two hours), Stonehaven (about every two hours), Portlethen (infrequent) |
stopping pattern is irregular
|Glasgow - Inverness Line|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness||5||Larbert (1tpd), Stirling, Dunblane, Gleneagles (2tpd), Perth, Dunkeld & Birnam, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl (4tpd), Dalwhinnie (2tpd), Newtonmore (3tpd), Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge (3tpd)|
|Edinburgh - Inverness Line|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Perth (and Inverness)||1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank |
5 trains per day extend to Inverness, calling at Dunkeld & Birnam (3tpd), Pitlochry, Blair Atholl (4tpd), Dalwhinnie (4tpd), Newtonmore (2tpd), Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge (2tpd)
|Glasgow South Western Line|
|Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock||3||Barrhead, Dunlop, Stewarton and Kilmaurs |
combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 2tph Glasgow-Kilmarnock
|Glasgow Central to Carlisle||1||Dunlop, Stewarton, Kilmaurs, Kilmarnock, Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar, Dumfries, Annan and Gretna Green |
2 trains per day only go as far as Dumfries and 1 only goes as far as New Cumnock.
|Dumfries to Carlisle||1||Annan, Gretna Green |
combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 1tph Dumfries-Carlisle 1 train per day to/from Dumfries is operated by Northern using their own Class 156s.
|Kilmarnock to Stranraer||1||Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town, Ayr, Maybole, Girvan, Barrhill |
4tpd extend from Glasgow Central, 2tpd extend to Glasgow Central. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
|Ayr to Girvan||1||Maybole |
combines with hourly Glasgow/Kilmarnock - Stranraer service to give 1tph Ayr-Girvan
|Inverness - Aberdeen Line|
|Inverness to Aberdeen||1||Nairn, Forres, Elgin, Keith, Huntly, Insch, Inverurie, Dyce|
|West Highland Line|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Oban||3||Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum Lower, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Oban||4||Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum Lower, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry |
trains run linked to a Fort William portion between Glasgow and Crianlarich
|Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William (and Mallaig)||Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Upper Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Rannoch, Corrour, Tulloch, Roy Bridge and Spean Bridge |
3tpd extend to Mallaig, calling at Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar
trains run linked to an Oban portion between Glasgow and Crianlarich
|Fort William to Mallaig||1||Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar|
|Dalmally to Oban||1||Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry|
|Far North & Kyle of Lochalsh Lines|
|Inverness to Dingwall||5||Beauly, Muir of Ord and Conon Bridge |
4tpd extend to Invergordon calling at Alness, of which 3tpd extend to Tain calling at Fearn, 1 of which extends to Ardgay.
|Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh||4||Beauly, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Garve, Lochluichart, Achanalt, Achnasheen, Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Attadale, Stromeferry, Duncraig, Plockton and Duirinish|
|Inverness to Wick||4||Beauly, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Fearn, Tain, Ardgay, Culrain, Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, Golspie, Dunrobin Castle, Brora, Helmsdale, Kildonan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac, Scotscalder, Georgemas Junction (trains reverse) Thurso (trains reverse), and Georgemas Junction|
Abellio ScotRail operates 352 stations in Scotland. Not included are Glasgow Prestwick Airport station, owned and operated by the airport, as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail. Abellio ScotRail operates Lockerbie even though none of its services call there. It also took over management of Dunbar, previously operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, in June 2015.
Abellio ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill Glasgow Yoker, Ayr Townhead, Bathgate and Inverness as well as a newly built EMU stabling depot at Millerhill in Midlothian.
Abellio ScotRail operates a diverse fleet of DMUs, EMUs and loco-hauled stock. From Sunday 10 December 2017, Class 380 EMUs were introduced onto services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High (also serving Croy, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket). This was the first step in creating an entirely electric service between the two cities which is now expected to start in October 2018 with Class 385 EMUs, which should have entered service in December 2017, but have been delayed due to a windscreen fault. Abellio ScotRail began operations with the rolling stock below, mainly transferred from First ScotRail:
|Class 43 High Speed Train||Diesel locomotive||125||201||54||N/A||Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Glasgow to Aberdeen
|1975–82||Operates under the brand Inter7City
Some sets operating with unrefurbished stock in First Great Western/GWR debranded livery.
|Carriage Mark 3||Passenger carriage||121||4 and 5|
|Class 68||Diesel Locomotive||100||160||2||N/A||Fife Circle Line||2013-14||On hire from DRS|
|Carriage Mark 2||Passenger Carriage||12||6||1973-75|
|Class 156 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||120||43||2||Glasgow South Western Line
East Kilbride Branch
Cumbernauld Line (Until Early 2019)
Shotts Line (Until March 2019)
|1987-89||38 units will remain in service with ScotRail after all new rolling stock has been introduced in Summer 2019|
|Class 158 Express Sprinter||90||145||40||Far North Line
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts
|1989-92||40 units will remain in service with ScotRail after all new rolling stock has been introduced in Summer 2019|
|Class 170 Turbostar||100||161||39||3||Fife Circle
North Berwick Line - Peak Only (Until enough 385s in service)
Edinburgh/Glasgow to Dunblane and Alloa (Until enough 385s in service)
|1998-2005||34 units will remain in service with ScotRail after all new rolling stock has been introduced in Summer 2019.
The units will be phased out of use on Glasgow/Edinburgh to Aberdeen/Inverness and Aberdeen to Inverness services, as more Inter7City trains are introduced.
|Class 314||EMU||70||113||7||Cathcart Circle Lines, Inverclyde Line, Paisley Canal Line||1979||To be completely withdrawn when enough Class 385s are introduced to allow cascading of stock|
|Class 318||90||145||21||North Clyde Line, Whifflet Line, Cumbernauld Line, Inverclyde Line, Paisley Canal Line, Argyle Line, Cathcart Circle Lines, Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell||1985-86|
|Class 320||90/100||145/161||34||North Clyde Line, Cumbernauld Line, Whifflet Line, Paisley Canal Line, Inverclyde Line, Argyle Line, Cathcart Circle Lines, Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell||1990||Nine of these 30 units are Class 320/4s|
|Class 334 Juniper||90||145||40||North Clyde Line, Helensburgh Central/ Balloch/ Milngavie to Edinburgh Waverley Argyle Line||1999-2002|
|Class 365 Networker Express||100||161||10||4||
Edinburgh to Dunblane Line (Until June 2019 then they will be returned to Great Northern)
As of March 2019, 385s have replaced them on all scheduled services, however, continue to see occasional use on an Ad-hoc basis
|Class 380 Desiro||22||3||Ayrshire Coast Line, Paisley Canal Line, Cumbernauld Line, Inverclyde Line
Glasgow and Edinburgh to Dunblane and Alloa
North Berwick and Dunbar services (Until enough Class 385 in service)
|Class 385 AT200||46||3||Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line
Glasgow and Edinburgh to North Berwick/Dunbar
Glasgow and Edinburgh to Dunblane and Alloa
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Motherwell and Carstairs (From Early 2019)
Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts
|2015–2019||Due to replace the Class 314s from Mid 2019|
Abellio ScotRail has mentioned the following as part of the future rolling stock.
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Carriages||Into Service||Built||Routes|
|Class 153 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||120||5||1||Summer 2019 ||1987–88||West Highland Line (From 2019)|
Abellio ScotRail were meant to introduce a brand new fleet of 46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 electric trains from December 2017, to operate services on the lines being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme. However, due to infrastructure problems, and issues with the trains involving software and windscreen issues, their introduction was delayed until September. In the meantime Abellio ScotRail hired 10 Class 365 units from Great Northern; these units entered service in June 2018. If Abellio is granted a three-year optional franchise extension, it will order a further 10 three-car Class 385 units.
From October 2018, Abellio ScotRail introduced former GWR HSTs on services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, branded as "Inter7City" in reference to Scotland's seven main cities. The Mark 3 coaches, up to 40 years old, were intended to all have refurbished interiors and are fitted with powered doors. There will be 26 sets: 17 five-car and 9 four-car trains. As with the Class 385’s there have been delays getting the refurbished trains into service. As a result a considerable number have been pressed in to service without refurbishment to allow for others to have refurbishment completed.
This new rolling stock will result in ten Class 156, eight Class 158 and 21 Class 170 sets returning to their leasing companies when their leases expire in 2018. Transport Scotland negotiated to retain an extra 13 Class 170s to support services through Fife to Aberdeen and the Borders railway. Northern will receive five of the 156s, all the 158s and 16 of the 170s.
In June 2018 it was announced that ScotRail will lease 5 Class 153 and reconfigure them to accommodate bikes and other outdoors sports equipment. The Class 153 will be attached to ScotRail Class 156s which will operate the line from Summer 2019 travelling between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig initially, and may eventually be introduced on Northern lines between Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick.
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