Rail services to face disruption as electrification works continue

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Rail services are to be disrupted again in October, as the electrification works continue.

The closure of key routes means that students who travel  to the university from Edinburgh and Glasgow will face delays and replacement bus services.

A map of disrupted rail routes Credit: Scotrail

There will be no trains running in and out of the city between October 14 and October 21. Journey times are predicted to be half an hour extra each way for journeys to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

For those coming into Stirling from the capital, commuters will have to catch the train to Falkirk Grahamston, where replacement buses will take them on the last leg of their journey.

Similarly for the Glasgow line, the train will only run as far as Larbert before buses will take over.

This could potentially see a drop in attendance over the week in question, as some see it as too much of a hassle.

It is not just students who will be affected. Those travelling early in the morning from Stirling to Edinburgh or Glasgow will of experience the same delays.

Sophie Stratton, who lives in Causewayhead and travels through to Edinburgh College, is one of those who will be affected by the railway line closure.

“Last year the trains were cancelled all the time and it definitely had a negative impact on my education. I’m not sure how the replacement services in October will affect me this year.”

Network Rail programme manager Paul Reilly said: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience these works will cause to some passengers and residents and we are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum.”

It is being said that the disruptions caused by electrification work will be worth it as by 2019, the electrification works funded by the Scottish Government are expected to provide faster routes with more seats, which passengers desperately need.

Scotrail have advised travellers to allow extra time when travelling on affected routes. Commuters also have to be aware that bus departure times will not match the normal train timetable.

Full details of the replacement bus services can be found on scotrail.co.uk/electrification.

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