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  • 31 Dec 2015 09:23 - Disruption between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh expected until Monday 29 February… find out more

    Trains are currently unable to run on the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh. This is because urgent repairs are required to a river bridge at Lamington which is located between Lockerbie and Motherwell. The line is to remain closed throughout February while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank. At this stage it is anticipated the first trains will cross the viaduct in the first week of March.

    Disruption is therefore expected to continue until at least the end of service on Monday 29 February. You can read Network Rail's press release here.

    Please note that there is currently disruption between Carlisle and Newcastle. Passengers are advised NOT to travel via this route.

    The following service changes can be expected:

    First TransPennine Express

    Services between Manchester / Preston and Edinburgh will terminate / start at Lockerbie. Buses will run between Lockerbie and Edinburgh.

    Services between Manchester / Preston and Glasgow Central will terminate / start at Carlisle. Buses will run between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.

    Virgin Trains

    Virgin Trains are running a limited train service between Carlisle and Glasgow Central via a diversionary route which will add an additional 90 minutes journey time.

    Buses are running between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh, for passengers who wish to travel to and from Lockerbie and Motherwell. The buses will connect to trains at Carlisle for passengers travelling to Penrith, Oxenholme Lake District and Lancaster.

    Caledonian Sleeper

    Lowlander services (Edinburgh Waverley / Glasgow Central - London Euston) will run between Glasgow Central and London Euston only, not calling at Edinburgh, Motherwell or Carstairs. Passengers may use ScotRail services between Edinburgh / Motherwell / Carstairs and Glasgow to connect with the train at Glasgow Central. Trains will be diverted via Dumfries, extending journey times by up to 120 minutes.

    Highlander services (Inverness / Aberdeen / Fort William - London Euston) will be diverted to run to  / from London Kings Cross via the East Coast Main Line, not calling at Preston or Crewe. Passengers travelling between Inverness, Aberdeen or Fort William and Preston or Crewe may use ScotRail services between Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William and Glasgow Central to connect with Lowlander services.

    Alternative travel options

    First TransPennine Express passengers who can defer their travel are recommended to do so and a full refund will be available from the point of purchase.

    Passengers with Off-Peak and Anytime tickets are able to travel via York and travel on the East Coast using CrossCountry or Virgin Trains East Coast services.

    Advance ticket restrictions have been relaxed for passengers travelling through the affected area, but must be used on First TransPennine Express services only and will not be accepted via the East Coast.

    Virgin Trains passengers with Off-Peak and Anytime tickets between London Euston and Edinburgh only may use Virgin Trains East Coast services between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh.

    Passengers may also use ScotRail services between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh / Carlisle.

    Advance ticket restrictions have been relaxed for passengers travelling through the affected area. Virgin Trains are advising passengers to travel as close as possible to their booked services. London Underground services are conveying passengers between London Euston and London Kings Cross.

    Passengers who can put off their travel are recommended to do so and a full refund will be available from the point of purchase.

    You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Lamington

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    To check your journey up to and including Friday 12 February, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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