ScotRail Trains Limited, trading as ScotRail (Scottish Gaelic: Rèile na h-Alba), is a Scottish train operating company that is publicly-owned by Transport Scotland. It operates the ScotRail franchise as an operator of last resort since 1 April 2022.

ScotRail
Rèile na h-Alba
ScotRail Trains Limited
ScotRail logo.svg
Overview
Franchise(s)ScotRail
Main area(s)Scotland
Other area(s)Cumbria
Parent companyTransport Scotland
Reporting markSR
Dates of operation1 April 2022–present
PredecessorAbellio ScotRail
Other
Websitewww.scotrail.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata
Route map
Route map

HistoryEdit

The ScotRail network had since 2015 been operated by the private-sector franchisee Abellio ScotRail. In December 2019, Transport Scotland announced Abellio had not met the performance criteria necessary to have its seven-year franchise extended for a further three years, and the franchise would conclude on 31 March 2022.[1][2][3]

In March 2021, Transport Scotland announced that the franchise would not be re-tendered for another private-sector operator to run, but would be operated by an operator of last resort owned by the Scottish Government.[4][5][6] The move was welcomed by the ASLEF, RMT and TSSA unions.[7]

The Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, confirmed in February 2022 that ScotRail services would return to public ownership. She invited key stakeholders to take part in a discussion on the future of the service, saying "I can confirm that the transition of ScotRail into Scottish Government control will take place on 1 April 2022. Whilst that’s good news, it’s clear that much work still needs to be done... I want to kick-start a National Conversation about what our new beginning for ScotRail should look like - an affordable, sustainable, customer focused rail passenger service in Scotland in a post pandemic world."[8]

The Scottish Conservatives Transport Spokesman, Graham Simpson, criticised the planned consultation, saying that it "should be about lower fares, restoring services and stopping cuts to ticket offices - measures that will encourage people to use public transport."[9] The Scottish Liberal Democrats added that discussions should have started two years earlier, when nationalisation was decided.[9]

On 4 April 2022, on-board catering started to be reintroduced on ScotRail services. It had been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

In May 2022, ASLEF balloted its members for strike action, with drivers refusing to work overtime. In May 2022, many Sunday services were cancelled due to driver shortages.[11][12][13] ScotRail stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had prevented them from training an estimated 130 drivers.[14] On 1 June 2022, ASLEF announced that it had rejected an improved pay offer from ScotRail.[15]

A temporary timetable was brought in on 23 May 2022. The number of daily services was cut by around one-third, from approximately 2,150 to 1,456. Many early morning and late night services were cancelled.[16] In June 2022, ASLEF recommended its members accept a revised offer.[17] Services between Wick and Inverness on the Far North Line were cut from four trains each way per day to two. Stagecoach Highlands are expected to introduce an additional bus service on the route starting 6 June 2022.[18]

ServicesEdit

ScotRail Trains took over all of the services operated by Abellio.[6] Current off-peak services delivered by ScotRail are as follows:

CommuterEdit

Argyle Line
Route tph Calling at
Dalmuir to Motherwell[19][may be outdated as of April 2022] 2
Dalmuir to Larkhall[19][may be outdated as of April 2022] 2
Dalmuir to Whifflet[19][may be outdated as of April 2022] 2
  • 1 tph extends to Motherwell
North Clyde Line
Route tph Calling at
Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley [20] 2
Balloch to Airdrie[20] 2
  • Alexandria, Renton, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Bowling, Kilpatrick, Dalmuir, Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Coatdyke
Milngavie to Springburn[20] 2
Cumbernauld and Maryhill Lines
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley[21][may be outdated as of April 2022] 2
  • On Sundays, runs between Glasgow Queen Street and Cumbernauld only
Glasgow Queen Street to Anniesland [22] 1
Cathcart Circle Lines
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Newton[23][may be outdated as of April 2022] 1
1
Glasgow Central to Neilston[23][may be outdated as of April 2022] 2
Paisley Canal Line
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal [24] 2
  • 1tph runs on Sundays
Shotts & Lanark Lines
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley [25] 1
1
Glasgow Central to Lanark [25] 2
Inverclyde Line
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Gourock[26] 12
2
Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay[26] 1
Ayrshire Coast Line
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Ayr[27] 2
Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour[27] 1
  • On Friday evenings, one train terminates at Ardrossan Town
Glasgow Central to Largs[27] 1
  • Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach, West Kilbride, Fairlie
Glasgow South Western Line
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to East Kilbride [28] 2
Glasgow Central to Barrhead [28] 2
1
  • No intermediate stations
Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock[28] 2
  • One train every 3 hours extends to Carlisle.
Carstairs and North Berwick Lines
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley [25] 12
  • is supplemented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours. This service does not operate on Sundays.
Edinburgh Waverley to Dunbar [29] 12 Musselburgh
  • is supplemented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick [29] 1
  • 2 trains per hour on Saturdays
Croy & Dunblane Lines
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa [30] 2
Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling[30] 1
  • Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert
Edinburgh Waverley to Dunblane[30] 1
Borders Railway
Route tph Calling at
Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank [31] 2
  • 1tph on Sundays
Fife Circle Line
Route tph Calling at
Edinburgh Waverley to Edinburgh Waverley via Fife[32] 1
  • Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy
  • trains continue via Glenrothes with Thornton
1
  • trains continue via Kirkcaldy
Edinburgh Waverley to Cowdenbeath[32] 1
  • Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret

RegionalEdit

Glasgow South Western Line
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Central to Newcastle[28] 1 tpd
  • Two trains per day also start from Dumfries, 1 of which is operated by Northern.
Dumfries to Carlisle[28] 12
  • Annan, Gretna Green
  • combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 1 train per hour Dumfries-Carlisle. 1 train per day to/from Dumfries is operated by Northern using their own Class 156s. On Sundays, Only 5 trains per day operate between Dumfries and Carlisle at a roughly 2 hourly frequency.
Kilmarnock to Stranraer [27] 14
  • 4 trains per day extend from Glasgow Central, 2 trains per day extend to Glasgow Central. On Sunday, 5 trains per day operate between Stranraer and Ayr only with no trains to Kilmarnock.
Ayr to Girvan[27] 12 Maybole
  • combines with Glasgow/Kilmarnock - Stranraer service to give 1 train per hour Ayr-Girvan at irregular times.
West Highland Line
Route tpd Calling at
Glasgow Queen Street to Oban [33] 3
  • On Sundays during the summer months, 1 train operates between Oban and Edinburgh calling at all stops except Dumbarton Central.
Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William (and Mallaig)[33] 4
Fort William to Mallaig[33] 1
  • Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar
Dalmally to Oban[33] 1
Far North & Kyle of Lochalsh Lines
Route tpd Calling at
Inverness to Dingwall [34] 5
  • 1tpd extended to Invergordon, calling at Alness. 2tpd extended to Tain calling at Alness, Invergordon and Fearn. 1tpd extended to Ardgay calling at Alness, Invergordon, Fearn and Tain.
Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh [34] 4
Inverness to Wick [34] 4

InterCityEdit

Glasgow - / Edinburgh - Aberdeen Lines
Route tph Calling at
Edinburgh Waverley to Arbroath [35] 1
  • This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen [35] 1
  • Haymarket, Cupar, Leuchars, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose (two services a day don't call here), Stonehaven
  • ScotRail trains do not run hours when LNER services run to Aberdeen
Glasgow Queen Street to Dundee [35] 4tpd
Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen [35] 1
  • 2 trains per day on weekdays extend to Inverness via Elgin, one starting in Glasgow and one starting in Dundee.
Glasgow - Inverness Line
Route tpd Calling at
Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness [36] 5
Edinburgh - Inverness Line
Route tph Calling at
Edinburgh Waverley to Perth and Inverness [36] 1
  • 4 trains per day extend to Inverness, calling at
    • Most trains call at Inverkeithing, Markinch and Ladybank, though there are a few trains at certain times of the day that don't call. On Sundays only 4 trains per day operate this way but other trains to/from Perth run via Falkirk Grahamston and Stirling.
Inverness - Aberdeen Line
Route tph Calling at
Inverness to Aberdeen [35] 12
Inverurie to Montrose [35] 2
Glasgow - Falkirk - Edinburgh Line
Route tph Calling at
Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley [37] 2
  • A few peak time trains also call at Lenzie, On Sundays, 2 trains per hour with every other train calling at Polmont.

FleetEdit

ScotRail operates a number of different electric and diesel train types in its fleet.[38]

Diesel trains:

Electric trains:

ElectrificationEdit

Transport Scotland has a plan to implement the Scottish Government's policy to "decarbonise domestic passenger rail services", part of which involves replacing all diesel trains by 2035.[39] The £55 million first phase, to electrify 104 km (65 mi) of Fife Circle track, between Haymarket and Dalmeny, for use by battery electric multiple units, was begun by Scottish Powerlines in June 2022 and is due to be completed by December 2024.[40][41] Further phases will electrify the lines between Kinghorn, Thornton, Ladybank and Lochgelly.[42]

StationsEdit

ScotRail operates 353 stations in Scotland.[43] Not included are Prestwick International Airport station, owned and operated by the airport,[44] as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail.[45] ScotRail operates Lockerbie and Reston even though no ScotRail services call at either.[46]

DepotsEdit

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 and a rebuilt depot at Cadder Yard.[47][48]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abellio ScotRail contract to end three years early BBC News 18 December 2019
  2. ^ Abellio's ScotRail franchise to end early in 2022 The Railway Magazine issue 1426 January 2020 page 9
  3. ^ ScotRail franchise to end early Rail Express issue 285 February 2020 page 8
  4. ^ ScotRail to move to Scottish Government ownership Transport Scotland 17 March 2021
  5. ^ Operator of Last Resort to take over ScotRail franchise Rail issue 927 24 March 2021 page 11
  6. ^ a b ScotRail to be Nationalised Rail Express issue 300 May 2021 page 6
  7. ^ Hewitt, Sam (18 March 2021). "SCOTRAIL: RAIL SERVICES TO BE NATIONALISED WHEN ABELLIO CONTRACT ENDS". Rail Express. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Scottish Government will take over ScotRail services on 1 April 2022". Transport Scotland. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Scotland's train services nationalised from 1 April". 9 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  10. ^ Smith, Roger (6 April 2022). "ScotRail launches recruitment drive for on-train hospitality stewards". RailAdvent. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  11. ^ "ScotRail train driver shortage triggers wave of cancellations". BBC News. 16 May 2022. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  12. ^ Bussey, Katrine (11 May 2022). "ScotRail strike threat: Train drivers to be balloted on industrial action". www.scotsman.com. Archived from the original on 17 May 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Summer of Scots rail strikes loom as 800 services are cancelled in a week in driver work-to-rule". HeraldScotland. Archived from the original on 30 May 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  14. ^ "ScotRail: Why have hundreds of trains been cancelled?". BBC News. 23 May 2022. Archived from the original on 6 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  15. ^ "ScotRail drivers union Aslef rejects improved pay offer and threatens strike ballot unless talks resume". www.scotsman.com. Archived from the original on 2 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Anger over 'devastating' cuts to ScotRail services". BBC News. 19 May 2022. Archived from the original on 31 May 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  17. ^ ScotRail agrees 5% pay deal with train driver's union BBC News 10 June 2022
  18. ^ MacAllister, Donna (27 May 2022). "Just TWO train services a day to cover 5,705 sq miles: Stagecoach puts on lifeline bus service after ScotRail cuts". Press and Journal. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  19. ^ a b c eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 207
  20. ^ a b c eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 206
  21. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 208
  22. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 205
  23. ^ a b eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 204
  24. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 200
  25. ^ a b c eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 209
  26. ^ a b eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 201
  27. ^ a b c d e eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 202
  28. ^ a b c d e eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 203
  29. ^ a b eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 216
  30. ^ a b c eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 212
  31. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 217
  32. ^ a b eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 215
  33. ^ a b c d eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 218
  34. ^ a b c eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 219
  35. ^ a b c d e f eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 214
  36. ^ a b eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 213
  37. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 211
  38. ^ a b "Bike bonanza for ScotRail Customers". ScotRail. 13 April 2022. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  39. ^ "Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan" (PDF). Transport Scotland. July 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  40. ^ "Green light for £55m Scottish Government investment in decarbonisation". Transport Scotland. 2 June 2022. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  41. ^ "Piling work to get underway to electrify line to Fife". Network Rail. 2 June 2022. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  42. ^ "Four phases of Fife Electrification". Network Rail. 1 June 2022. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  43. ^ "Estimates of station usage - Office of Rail and Road". orr.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  44. ^ Station Access Application Archived 24 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Office of Rail Regulation.
  45. ^ Our stations Archived 10 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Network Rail.
  46. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  47. ^ "Scotland's Railway opens £33million servicing depot | ScotRail". www.scotrail.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  48. ^ "Train Operating Companies, Depots & Contact Details". www.traindriver.org. Retrieved 9 April 2022.

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