Train commuters travelling on the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line are set to experience six weeks of delays as a result of maintenance work due to be carried out on the route’s Winchburgh Tunnel.
The Edinburgh Evening News reports that the Winchburgh tunnel will close to allow major electrification works that will disrupt the line between Edinburgh and Linlithgow, which will add at least 30 minutes to rail journeys across several routes.
Those travelling throughout the centre and eastern regions of Scotland are now likely to be affected by the maintenance, and will be offered alternative transport by bus or slower trains on secondary lines Liftshare recommends anyone that anyone looking to travel between Edinburgh, Linlithgow or Glasgow seek cheaper and reliable car shares within our community of over 430,000 members.
The heads of Scotland’s rail firms have warned commuters and one-off travellers to plan their journeys in advance to reduce delay, but this solution hasn’t cut it with campaigns, who have pointed the finger at poor funding and a so-called, “can’t do attitude,” as the source of the problem.
The Scottish Government has also come under fire for refraining from creating a short 3km stretch of replacement track around Winchburgh Tunnel to help avoid delays while works are carried out. Campaigners cried foul at Transport Scotland’s claim that such a solution would cost £100 million, while a spokesperson countered that such a measure would not have offered, “value for money.”
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