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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:05 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

It's actually easier to explain than that. They now route the trains through Carstairs Junction to accommodate the new station there. They then removed the direct services to Hamilton and almost every other station in the Glasgow network Dalmarnock, Bridgeton, Argyle Street etc.. this all happened in December '14.

Posters appeared around Lanark and Wishy about meetings around this time. It also has the knock on effect that the barrier for the Forth -Lanark level crossing can be down for anything up to 20mins in the morning.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Think its a combination - the electrification of the R&C /  Whifflet line led to a major re-cast of what used to be called the Hamilton Circle / Lanarkshire services, Hamilton Circle used to all run half-hourly via Blantyre, returning via Bellshill and vice versa; first messed-up by Coatbridge Central via Hamilton Central services being brought in; then Larkhall re-opening and now Hamilton to Glasgow via Whifflet and R&C.

Lanark service was messed up a few times, hourly direct via Motherwell and non-stop from there via Douglas Park; then down to 2 hourly-pattern, one direct via Motherwell and the other all stations via Holytown and Hamilton; etc. Then hourly via Motherwell & Bellshill.

What happens now is probably the best service Lanark has ever had, half-hourly via Bellshill, running to and from High Level, first and last stop Uddingston.

The new 'Lanarkshire' timetable is designed to have less confliction between services at all the major junctions: Rutherglen, Newton, Uddingston & Motherwell, and in theory at least, the smoother running causes less delay to all services.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

ScotRail takes delivery of first new electric train ( BBC)



ScotRail has unveiled the first in a fleet of electric trains the company is billing as "faster, longer and greener".


The Class 385 train, which was built by Hitachi, is the first of 70 that will operate on Scotland's busiest route from
Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk. They will also be used between Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane, as well as some routes
south of Glasgow. Night testing of the train will start this week, ScotRail said.

All Edinburgh - Falkirk High - Glasgow services will be using the new trains from December 2017 and the whole fleet
will be delivered by 2019. ScotRail said the trains were inspired by the Japanese Shinkansen bullet train and would
offer rail travellers in Scotland a "21st Century passenger experience".

The electric aluminium trains are much lighter than the current diesel stock which means they can accelerate faster
and offer potentially shorter journey times. They will also provide thousands of extra seats, according to ScotRail.
The four-car train was unveiled in Glasgow.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: "The arrival of the first new class 385 train for testing in Scotland is a great
milestone in this government's commitment to our railway and a tangible sign to passengers of the very real efforts
we are making to improve capacity and comfort. Since 2007, we have introduced an extra 140 carriages with 200
more to follow by 2019, increasing the ScotRail fleet by 50%. This forms part of the Scottish government's 5bn
investment in transforming Scotland's railways and I will continue to push for improvements of this kind."

There has been much recent criticism from the public over the punctuality and reliability of ScotRail services since
Dutch firm Abellio took over the franchise in 2015. Opposition parties have also repeatedly questioned the Scottish
government over the level of service. In November, Mr Yousaf called for "immediate improvement" in rail services
as the government published its improvement plan for ScotRail.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said the delivery of the first Class 385 train was a "landmark
day". "We now have a visible symbol of our ongoing massive rail investment, the biggest since Victorian times, one
that will become a reality for our customers from next September when passenger services begin. We are delivering
more seats, more services and better stations over the next few years, leading a transformation that we can all be
very proud of."




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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I am thinking the Low Level,Rutherglen line will get some new old stock
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

318/320s are being cascaded to the Cathcart Circle
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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318/320s are being cascaded to the Cathcart Circle

Aye, very confusing at first! I turned up at Central and being so used to 314s I thought the train had still to arrive at the platform (320 was sitting there).
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Council plan 10m funding boost for Robroyston railway station ( Evening Times)

Plans to build a new railway station in the North-East of the city are expected to get a 10million boost from the city council.


Around 1600 new homes are in the pipeline for the Robroyston area and on Thursday, councillors will decide whether to provide cash
to allow a new station to be built. The 10m council cash will be repaid with developers paying the local authority 11,000 per house
on completion of each block of 20 houses. A report to councillors says building the new station will "significantly" speed up house building
at Robroyston on both sides of the M80 motorway.

The developers have said 750 of the 800 homes which have planning permission south of the motorway could be built within three years
of the new station opening. It is also likely the programme for the 800 homes north of the M80 would also be accelerated. The report says:
"The opportunity to forward fund the station with an upfront investment of 10m from Glasgow City Council with the money recouped as
the houses are sold, gives the developer confidence to accelerate the rate of construction on both sides of the M80 motorway delivering
much needed family housing in the city. The delivery of a new rail station would be a major asset for both the housing that is being developed
and the existing housing in the wider Robroyston area."

It is estimated the new station will boost the city's economy by more than 14million every year. The new station on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld
line is expected to open in 2019 and will feature two park and ride car parks. The remainder of the 4.2m funding will come from Transport
Scotland, SPT and the developers.

City council leader Frank McAveety said: "This is fantastic news for Glasgow, providing a new rail station for the people of Robroyston and
Millerston and helping to bring almost 1600 much-needed new homes to this part of the city. We are delighted to provide this forward funding
to allow the early delivery of this project and look forward to working with our partners through to its completion."

North-east councillor Gerry Leonard is part of a local group which has spent the past decade fighting for a station in the area. He said: "At present,
the transport from Robroyston into the city centre is horrendous with a bus every 40 minutes which doesn't go round the whole estate. This
new railway station will allow residents to leave their cars at the park and ride and travel by train into the city centre in around 10 minutes.
It will also ease congestion on the motorway and will mean fewer cars are clogging up the city centre."



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Is this the previous proposal for a new station for Millerston resurrected? I seem to remember either Railtrack or Network Rail objecting to it because no passenger traffic analysis had been done for it. Thought it odd at the time that a railway company would object to a new railway station being opened.

Good news, lots of houses out there now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

IBrown wrote:
Is this the previous proposal for a new station for Millerston resurrected?

I think so, aye.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Allow me to be the one to ask.... how the hell can a train station cost over 10million? Tarmac a car park, build a couple of platforms with shelters and add some lighting....


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