New rail services for Dumfriesshire unveiled

One of my campaigns has had success in bringing improved rail services to Lockerbie.

From May next year the number of trains stopping in the town will double and, for the first time, locals will be able to commute to Edinburgh and Glasgow, arriving before 9am.

There has been a 70% increase in passengers at Lockerbie over the last seven years and I’ve been fighting hard to get better services. I’m confident that this will mean even more people use the services.

Hundreds have already signed a petition that I launched last month, and which called for better services.

This is a really big step forward for rail services in this part of the world, and the fact that it is starting from May 2014 is really great news.

I’m now turning my attention to other potential rail service improvements, such as late night trains, as well as services from other stations.

The improvements announced will mean -

  • 26 services per weekday will stop at Lockerbie from May next year, compared to 13 in 2006
  • 22 services each Saturday
  • 15 services each Sunday
  • For the first time trains will arrive before 9am in Edinburgh and Glasgow from Lockerbie, with approximate arrival times of 8.15am