ScotRail, the railway network in Scotland, has announced the commencement of a half-hourly Sunday service for its Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk route, which will commence from September 9, 2012.
The expansion of the services means the addition of around 12 more trains on the route, with the provision of an extra 2,250 seats every Sunday.
Steve Montgomery, the company managing director, said, ‘These improvements to Sunday services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are a real boost for rail users.
We recognise that people’s travelling patterns continue to change and these new, more frequent services offer even more opportunities for people to make the switch to rail, delivering environmental and economic benefits for Scotland.’
The expanded services will mean that trains will be available every hour and half in both directions on Sundays, for the first time on the route.
The Scottish transport minister, Keith Brown, said, ‘I am delighted to welcome ScotRail’s announcement of a record number of Sunday services on this key route.
The shift from road to rail travel is hugely important in meeting the ambitious climate change targets set by the Scottish Government.
But travelling by train is also a fantastic way for people to get around and enjoy what Scotland, and her two biggest cities, has to offer.’
The Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk route has been open since February 1842. The rail company has carried around 81.1million passengers in the year ended March 31, 2012, an increase by 3.6 percent on the same period last year.