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Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Customers travelling on trains to and from Scotland are urged to check before they travel after it was confirmed that Lamington Viaduct, just outside Lockerbie, on the West Coast Mainline is to remain closed throughout January while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank. One pier of the structure has been weakened and investigations into the full extent of the damage will continue until the end of next week. At this stage it is anticipated the first trains will cross the viaduct Monday 1st February 2016.
We’re really sorry for the disruption this will cause to our passengers on the West Coast Mainline. Safety is always the most important consideration on the railway and we support Network Rail’s decision to close the West Coast Mainline between Carlisle and Scotland until they are sure it is safe to run trains.
We will continue to provide a replacement coach service for passengers between Carlisle and Glasgow, and there is also an alternative train service running on a diversionary route – however this is a limited service and will also add around 90 minutes to the journey.
Virgin Trains tickets are being accepted on our East Coast services between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh but NOT on Cross Country services between Birmingham and Glasgow/Edinburgh. Passengers travelling on Virgin Trains East Coast should expect these services to be much busier than usual, and anyone who can postpone or cancel their journey should seriously consider doing so. We will of course give a full refund for anyone who decides not to travel.
Passengers travelling to/from Glasgow should use the replacement coach service in operation. We are also operating an alternative train service to/from Glasgow running on a diversionary route – however this is a limited service and will also add around 90 minutes to the journey.
From Saturday 9th January 2016, we will also run an hourly service between Carlisle and Glasgow. This will operate between 07:00 to 19:00, departing Carlisle on the hour and departing Glasgow at 22 minutes past the hour. The same service pattern will operate Monday-Friday from next Monday, 11th January. There will be a later start time on Sundays but we aim to then operate an hourly service. Full details of the Sunday timetable are still being confirmed.
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