1 April 2015 – 31 March 2022
|Other region(s)||Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear|
Abellio ScotRail, operating services under the name ScotRail, is the Dutch-owned national train operating company of Scotland. A subsidiary of Abellio, it has operated the ScotRail franchise, taking over from predecessor First ScotRail from 1 April 2015. The franchise will end in March 2022.
In November 2013, Transport Scotland announced that Abellio, Arriva, FirstGroup, MTR Corporation and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the new ScotRail franchise. In October 2014, the franchise was awarded to Abellio. The franchise was to operate for seven years with a three-year extension available contingent on performance criteria being met. Abellio began operating the franchise on 1 April 2015 and it opened the Borders Railway on 6 September 2015.
In June 2016, the RMT union announced that train guards would be going on strike several times during the summer months in protest at more driver only trains. Six 24-hour and three 48-hour strikes were held on ScotRail services during June and July 2016. An agreement was reached in September 2016, bringing an end to the dispute. It was agreed that the new Class 385 trains will have the doors controlled by both the driver and guard, with the driver opening the doors and the guard closing them.
On 20 January 2017 the Managing Director of ScotRail and the ScotRail alliance stepped down from his role after 18 months in the company. Within a few days Alex Hynes was named as the new Managing Director.
Having failed to meet the performance criteria necessary to gain a three-year extension, the franchise will conclude in March 2022.
Abellio ScotRail took over all of the services operated by First ScotRail on 1 April 2015, except for the Caledonian Sleeper services, which were transferred to a separate franchise operated by Serco. The franchise agreement requires the introduction of 'Great Scottish Scenic Railway' trains on the West Highland, Far North, Kyle, Borders Railway and Glasgow South Western lines. Steam special services are also promoted by Abellio ScotRail.
Due to the delayed delivery of ScotRail's refurbished Inter7City trains, the company was unable to introduce their new Intercity timetable at the same time as the introduction of the Edinburgh - Arbroath and Montrose - Inverurie commuter services. As a result, the stopping pattern of Glasgow/Edinburgh to Aberdeen services is irregular, making calls at many stations at which there is now a frequent stopping service. The improved Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness timetable will be introduced along with the Glasgow/Edinburgh to Aberdeen timetable from December 2020.
With the completion of the Inverness - Aberdeen Improvement Plan, an hourly service will operate between the two cities using Class 170s, with half hourly services between Elgin and Inverness/Inverurie and Aberdeen using class 158s, serving the two new stations of Dalcross and Kintore. In addition to this, a selection of Inter7City services will operate between Inverness and the Central Belt via Aberdeen, calling at only a couple of stations between Inverness and Aberdeen.
Current off-peak services are as follows.
Central Belt Urban
|Milngavie to Motherwell||1||Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central and Airbles||318, 320, 334|
|Milngavie to Cumbernauld||1||Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central, Airbles, Motherwell, Whifflet, Coatbridge Central and Greenfaulds|
|Dalmuir to Larkhall||2||Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central, Chatelherault and Merryton|
|Dalmuir to Whifflet||1||Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie and Kirkwood|
|Dalmuir to Motherwell||1||Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie, Kirkwood and Whifflet|
|North Clyde Line|
|Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Craigendoran, Cardross, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Dalmuir, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Coatdyke, Airdrie, Drumgelloch, Bathgate, Livingston North, Uphall, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket||334|
|Milngavie to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Airdrie, Drumgelloch, Caldercruix, Blackridge, Armadale, Bathgate, Livingston North, Uphall, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket|
|Balloch to Airdrie||2||Alexandria, Renton, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Dalmuir, Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Coatdyke||318, 320, 334|
|Dumbarton Central to Springburn||2||Dumbarton East, Bowling, Kilpatrick, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Duke Street, Alexandra Parade and Barnhill|
|Cumbernauld and Maryhill Lines|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Springburn, Robroyston, Stepps, Gartcosh, Greenfaulds, Cumbernauld, Camelon, Falkirk Grahamston, Polmont, Linlithgow, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket
On Sundays, runs between Glasgow Queen Street and Cumbernauld only
|Glasgow Queen Street to Anniesland||2||Ashfield, Possilpark & Parkhouse, Gilshochill, Summerston, Maryhill and Kelvindale||158, 170|
|Cathcart Circle Lines|
|Glasgow Central to Newton||1||Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida, Kings Park, Croftfoot, Burnside and Kirkhill||318, 320,|
|1||Pollokshields West, Maxwell Park, Shawlands, Pollokshaws East, Langside, Kings Park, Croftfoot, Burnside and Kirkhill|
|Glasgow Central to Neilston||2||Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Muirend, Williamwood, Whitecraigs and Patterton|
|Glasgow Central to Glasgow Central via Cathcart||1||Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida |
trains continue via Cathcart (see below)
|1||Pollokshields West, Maxwell Park, Shawlands, Pollokshaws East, Langside, Cathcart |
trains continue via Mount Florida (see above)
|Paisley Canal Line|
|Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal||2||Dumbreck, Corkerhill, Mosspark, Crookston and Hawkhead
1ph runs on Sundays
|318, 320, 380, 385|
|Shotts and Lanark Lines|
|Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley||1||Bellshill, Shotts, West Calder, Livingston South and Haymarket||385|
|1||Uddingston, Bellshill, Holytown, Carfin, Hartwood, Shotts, Fauldhouse, Breich, Addiewell, West Calder, Livingston South, Kirknewton, Curriehill, Wester Hailes, Kingsknowe, Slateford and Haymarket|
|Glasgow Central to Lanark||2||Cambuslang, Uddingston, Bellshill, Motherwell, Shieldmuir, Wishaw and Carluke||318, 320, 385|
|Glasgow Central to Gourock||2||Paisley Gilmour Street, Bishopton, Port Glasgow, Greenock Central, Greenock West and Fort Matilda||380, 385|
|2||Cardonald, Hillington East, Hillington West, Paisley Gilmour Street, Paisley St James, Bishopton, Langbank, Woodhall, Port Glasgow, Bogston, Cartsdyke, Greenock Central, Greenock West and Fort Matilda|
|Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay||1||Paisley Gilmour Street, Bishopton, Port Glasgow, Whinhill, Drumfrochar, Branchton and Inverkip|
|Ayrshire Coast Line|
|Glasgow Central to Ayr||2||Kilwinning, Irvine, Barassie (1tph), Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town and Newton-on-Ayr (1tph)||380|
|2||Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Milliken Park, Howwood, Lochwinnoch, Glengarnock, Dalry, Kilwinning, Irvine, Barassie, Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town and Newton-on-Ayr(1 tph)|
|Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour||1||Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Dalry, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan Town|
some trains terminate at Ardrossan Town on evenings
|Glasgow Central to Largs||1||Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach, West Kilbride and Fairlie|
|Glasgow South Western Line|
|Glasgow Central to East Kilbride||2||Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Thornliebank, Giffnock, Clarkston, Busby, Thorntonhall (1tph) and Hairmyres||156|
|Glasgow Central to Barrhead||2||Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley and Nitshill|
This service operates a reduced service, and does not call at Crossmyloof on Sundays.
|Carstairs and North Berwick Lines|
|Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley||1⁄2||Motherwell, Wishaw, Carluke, Carstairs and Haymarket
is supplemented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
|Edinburgh Waverley to Dunbar||1⁄2||Musselburgh |
is supplemented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
|Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick||1||Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Longniddry and Drem |
2 trains per hour on Saturdays
|Croy & Dunblane Lines|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa||1||Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert, Stirling||385|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling||1||Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert |
1 train per 2 hours extend to Dunblane calling at Bridge of Allan
|Edinburgh Waverley to Dunblane||2||Haymarket, Edinburgh Park, Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon, Larbert, Stirling and Bridge of Allan |
A daily service on weekdays runs between Edinburgh and Alloa
|Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank||2||Brunstane, Newcraighall, Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow (1tph) and Galashiels
1tph on Sundays
|Fife Circle Line|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Glenrothes with Thornton||1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy||158, 170|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Edinburgh Waverley via Fife||1||Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy
trains continue via Glenrothes with Thornton
|1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Cardenden, Glenrothes with Thornton |
trains continue via Kirkcaldy
|Edinburgh Waverley to Cowdenbeath||1||Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret||158, 170|
InterCity and Rural
|Glasgow - Falkirk - Edinburgh Line|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley||2||Croy, Falkirk High, Haymarket||385|
|2||Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow, Haymarket.|
A few peak time trains also call at Lenzie, On Sundays, 2 trains per hour with one train calling at Croy, Falkirk High, Linlithgow and Haymarket and the other calls at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket.
|Glasgow - / Edinburgh - Aberdeen Lines|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Arbroath||1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank, Cupar, Leuchars, Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie
This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
|Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen||1||Haymarket, Cupar[a], Leuchars, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose (two services a day don't call here), Stonehaven
ScotRail trains do not run hours when LNER services run to Aberdeen
|Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen||1||Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose, Stonehaven (roughly every other hour)|
Stopping pattern is currently irregular, with many services making addtional calls at Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Invergowrie, Broughty Ferry, Carnoustie, Laurencekirk and Portlethen. 1 train per day on weekdays extend to Inverness via Elgin, On Sundays after 1745 the service decreases to every 2 hours.
|Glasgow - Inverness Line|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness||5||Larbert (1tpd), Stirling, Dunblane, Gleneagles (2tpd), Perth, Dunkeld & Birnam, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl (4tpd), Dalwhinnie (2tpd), Newtonmore (3tpd), Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge (3tpd)||43, 170. On Sundays, 2 trains extend beyond Inverness to Elgin calling at Nairn, Forres and Elgin.|
|Edinburgh - Inverness Line|
|Edinburgh Waverley to Perth and Inverness||1||Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Inverkeithing*, Kirkcaldy, Markinch*, Ladybank*
5 trains per day extend to Inverness, calling at Dunkeld & Birnam (3tpd), Pitlochry, Blair Atholl (4tpd), Dalwhinnie (4tpd), Newtonmore (2tpd), Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge (2tpd) *Most trains call at Inverkeithing, Markinch and Ladybank though there is a few trains at certain times of the day that don't call, On Sundays only 4 trains per day operate this way but other trains to/from Perth run via Falkirk Grahamston and Stirling.
|Glasgow South Western Line|
|Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock||3⁄2||Barrhead[a], Dunlop, Stewarton and Kilmaurs
combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 2 trains per hour Glasgow-Kilmarnock
|Glasgow Central to Carlisle||1⁄2||Dunlop, Stewarton, Kilmaurs, Kilmarnock, Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar, Dumfries, Annan and Gretna Green |
2 trains per day only go as far as Dumfries and 1 only goes as far as New Cumnock. On Sundays only 2 trains per day in each direction run between Glasgow and Carlisle.
|Dumfries to Carlisle||1⁄2||Annan, Gretna Green |
combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 1 train per hour Dumfries-Carlisle. 1 train per day to/from Dumfries is operated by Northern using their own Class 156s. On Sundays, Only 5 trains per day operate between Dumfries and Carlisle at a roughly 2 hourly frequency.
|Kilmarnock to Stranraer||1⁄2||Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town, Ayr, Maybole, Girvan, Barrhill |
4 trains per day extend from Glasgow Central, 2 trains per day extend to Glasgow Central. On Sunday, 5 trains per day operate between Stranraer and Ayr only with no trains to Kilmarnock.
|Ayr to Girvan||1⁄2||Maybole |
combines with hourly Glasgow/Kilmarnock - Stranraer service to give 1 train per hour Ayr-Girvan. These trains don't operate on Sundays but trains to Stranraer operate so a 2 hourly service runs for most of the day.
|Inverness - Aberdeen Line|
|Inverness to Aberdeen||1⁄2||Nairn, Forres, Elgin, Keith, Huntly, Insch, Inverurie, Dyce||43, 170, 158|
|West Highland Line|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Oban||3||Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum Lower, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry||153, 156|
|Glasgow Queen Street to Oban||4||Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum Lower, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry |
trains run linked to a Fort William/Mallaig portion between Glasgow and Crianlarich. On Sundays during the summer months, 1 train operates between Oban and Edinburgh calling at all stops with the exception if Dumbarton Central.
|Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William (and Mallaig)||Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Upper Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Rannoch, Corrour, Tulloch, Roy Bridge and Spean Bridge |
3tpd extend to Mallaig, calling at Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar
trains run linked to an Oban portion between Glasgow and Crianlarich
|Fort William to Mallaig||1||Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar|
|Dalmally to Oban||1||Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry |
This trains only runs on weekdays
|Far North & Kyle of Lochalsh Lines|
|Inverness to Dingwall||5||Beauly, Muir of Ord and Conon Bridge
1tpd extended to Invergordon, calling at Alness. 2tpd extended to Tain calling at Alness, Invergordon and Fearn. 1tpd extended to Ardgay calling at Alness, Invergordon, Fearn and Tain.
|Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh||4||Beauly, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Garve, Lochluichart, Achanalt, Achnasheen, Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Attadale, Stromeferry, Duncraig, Plockton and Duirinish|
|Inverness to Wick||4||Beauly, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Fearn, Tain, Ardgay, Culrain, Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, Golspie, Dunrobin Castle, Brora, Helmsdale, Kildonan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac, Scotscalder, Georgemas Junction (trains reverse) Thurso (trains reverse), and Georgemas Junction|
- station served infrequently
Abellio ScotRail operates 352 stations in Scotland. Not included are Glasgow Prestwick Airport station, owned and operated by the airport, as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail. Abellio ScotRail operates Lockerbie even though none of its services call there. It also took over management of Dunbar, previously operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, in June 2015.
Abellio ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill Glasgow Yoker, Ayr Townhead, Bathgate and Inverness as well as a newly built EMU stabling depot at Millerhill in Midlothian.
Abellio ScotRail operates a diverse fleet of DMUs, EMUs and loco-hauled stock. From Sunday 10 December 2017, Class 380 EMUs were introduced onto services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High (also serving Croy, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket). This was the first step in creating an entirely electric service between the two cities which is now expected to start in October 2018 with Class 385 EMUs, which should have entered service in December 2017, but have been delayed due to a windscreen fault.[needs update]
Abellio ScotRail were meant to introduce a brand new fleet of 46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 electric trains from December 2017, to operate services on the lines being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme. However, due to infrastructure problems, and issues with the trains involving software and windscreen issues, their introduction was delayed until September. In the meantime Abellio ScotRail hired 10 Class 365 units from Govia Thameslink Railway; these entered service in June 2018.
From October 2018, Abellio ScotRail introduced former Great Western Railway HSTs on services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, branded as "Inter7City" in reference to Scotland's seven main cities. The Mark 3 coaches, up to 40 years old, were intended to all have refurbished interiors and are fitted with powered doors. There will be 26 sets: 17 five-car and 9 four-car trains. As with the Class 385s there have been delays getting the refurbished trains into service. As a result, a considerable number have been pressed in to service without refurbishment to allow for others to have refurbishment completed.
This new rolling stock resulted in ten Class 156, eight Class 158 and 21 Class 170 sets returning to their leasing companies when their leases expired in 2018. Transport Scotland negotiated to retain an extra 13 Class 170s to support services through Fife to Aberdeen, the Fife Circle Line, and the Borders railway. Arriva Rail North received five of the 156s, all the 158s and 16 of the 170s. Five Class 170s (170416-170420) are to move to East Midlands Railway in 2020.
In June 2018 it was announced that Abellio ScotRail would lease five Class 153 and reconfigure them to accommodate bikes and other outdoors sports equipment. The Class 153 will be attached to Class 156s which will operate the line from 2020 travelling between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig initially, and may eventually be introduced on Northern lines between Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick.
Former train types operated by ScotRail include:
|Locomotive hauled stock|
|2||N/A||2020||2013–14||On hire from Direct Rail Services from April 2015 until May 2020|
|Mark 2||Passenger carriage||12||6||2020||1973–75|
|Diesel multiple units|
|Sprinter||156 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||121||5||2||2018||1987–89||156s, 158s and 16 170s transferred to Arriva Rail North, 3 170s transferred to East Midlands Railway|
|158/0 Express Sprinter||90||145||8||1989–92|
|Bombardier Turbostar||170/4||100||161||19||3||2018 (16)
|Electric multiple units|
|314||EMU||70||113||16||3||2018–19||1979||Scrapped and replaced by Class 385|
|Networker||365 Networker Express||100||161||10||4||2019||1994–95||Stored|
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