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Published on : Thursday, January 21, 2016
Virgin Trains have worked with industry partners to ensure services continue to run after following Network Rail’s decision to close this part of the route until they are sure it is safe to run trains over Lamington viaduct, a section of the West Coast Mainline between Carlisle and Scotland.
Virgin Trains customers travelling along the West Coast between Scotland and England will experience extended journeys until the first week of March, but regular services are in operation.
Virgin Trains East Coast services are unaffected.
Phil Bearpark, Executive Director for Operations and Projects at Virgin Trains, said: “Safety is our priority and we fully support Network Rail in their work to repair the Lamington viaduct. We have worked really hard with our industry partners, ScotRail and Network Rail, to put on regular shuttle services between Carlisle and Glasgow with a diversionary service via Dumfries. This means that journeys take around an hour longer than normal but customers travelling between Glasgow and Carlisle are able to take a replacement train rather than a bus.”
Customers travelling between Edinburgh and Carlisle and destinations in North West England and the West Midlands are able to use a replacement bus service.