Anglo-scot services resume
Anglo-Scottish services have been restored to full capacity after repairs to the Lamington viaduct in Scotland were completed ahead of schedule.
The full cross-border timetable resumed on February 22 following work to reinforce a damaged pier of the bridge, near Carstairs, and raise the track to its normal level. The crossing sustained heavy damage during unprecedented levels of rainfall in December which washed away foundations, weakening the second pier.
Customers travelling between Glasgow and Carlisle had been using an hourly shuttle service via Dumfries while Edinburgh passengers had a bus replacement as far as Carlisle, both of which added around an hour to normal journey times.
Network Rail had previously advised that the West Coast Main Line would open at the beginning of March but were able to accelerate the repair work after a run of dry weather.
Anna Doran, General Manager at Virgin Trains commented: “We’re delighted to be back to normal sooner than anticipated, as Network Rail completed the works to Lamington viaduct ahead of schedule. It has been great to see our Pendolinos at Glasgow and Edinburgh again and to welcome passengers onboard. We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and support over the last few weeks and we look forward to them travelling with us soon.”