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Welcome to Rail Scotland

Rail services in Scotland
There are five main rail operators in Scotland -

Cross Country
Operating Express Inter City services between Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Midlands and South Coast

East Coast
Operating Express Inter City services between Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the North East of England, Yorkshire and London

First TransPennine Express
Operating Express regional services between Glasgow and Edinburgh to the North West of England and Manchester

ScotRail
Operating local and regional services throughout Scotland, and overnight sleeper services between Scotland and London

Virgin Trains
Operating Express Inter City services between Glasgow and Edinburgh to the North West of England, Birmingham, and London
Full details of all the major Railway Stations in Scotland
This section is currently being developed and will include all stations in Scotland
Scottish Government confirms route for electrification of Whifflet branch
Keith Brown MSP confirmed on Friday 28 June 2013 the route for the electrification of the Whifflet branch
Trains will continue to use Glasgow Central until December 2014
From December 2014 services will be integrated with the Argyle Line services and use Glasgow Central Low Level
Scottish Government confirms electrification of Whifflet branch before end of 2014
Keith Brown MSP confirmed on Thursday 30 May 2013 that Network Rail and ScotRail, subject to approval by the ORR, will complete the electrification of the Whifflet branch in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014
Scottish Government confirms award of new ScotRail franchise to Abellio
Keith Brown MSP confirmed on Wednesday 08 October 2014 that Abellio has been awarded the new ScotRail franchise  
The new franchise commences on 01 April 2015 for a period of 7 years, with a 3 year extension award in year five, to a maximum of 10 years
The franchise will see new and refurbishment of rolling stock
The franchise will be updated during its course to take into account the EGIP project, and the franchisee will be required to procure new rolling stock
WiFi will also be installed on all trains during the franchise (although no deadline is included)
ScotRail franchise extended
Due to the failure of the rail franchising programme by the DfT the existing ScotRail franchise has been extended to 31 March 2015
During the extended period fare rises will be fixed, with peak fares limited to RPI

The ScotRail sleeper franchise competition will commence early in 2013, with the ScotRail franchise following in the summer of 2013
National public transport SmartCard
The long awaited SmartCard for Scotland, initially known as The Saltire Card, has been revealed
The Saltire Card will allow passengers to pre-load money which can then be used for travel on trains, subway, trams, buses, and ferries
Smart Ticketing, as it is known, is already operational on ScotRail services between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh via Falkirk High
However the scheme has been less than successful, compared with Oyster in London, as there has been no financial benefit compared to the traditional paper Season ticket
The scheme is expected to be in place for implementation during the early stages of the new ScotRail franchise, which commences in 2014
It is also expected to replace the existing SPT Zone Card
Looking for a hotel?
Best Western Hotels have a range of hotels, many near to the major rail stations in Scotland, offering a 2-night leisure break rate from £42.50 per person per night

Best Western Hotels  Summer offer

Children up to the age of 12 are also entitled to a free breakfast during their stay
Looking for an all-inclusive break?
Superbreaks have teamed up with the following Passenger Train Companies
Includes two nights in a hotel plus return rail travel, which can be upgraded to First Class


East Coast Rail Offer
Map of all destinations, including hotels

With all London hotels bookings is a Smartsave pack, which includes a street map, and 20% discounts at selected London and UK attractions, and London restaurants
Oyster travel cards may also be included, costing £18, which includes £15 pre-loaded credit and £3 non-refundable issue fee

The Dutchflyer is a partnership between Greater Anglia train services and ferry operator Stena Line offering you an attractive alternative to airline travel with competitive fares
From just £39* single, Dutchflyer is the affordable and comfortable way to travel from London or East Anglia to any Dutch city in Holland with an inclusive combination train and ferry ticket
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Use our Greater Anglia Seat Plans when booking your ticket online
Scottish Government confirms award of new ScotRail sleeper franchise
Keith Brown MSP confirmed on Wednesday 28 May 2014 that Serco has been awarded the new ScotRail sleeper franchise
The new franchise commences on 01 April 2015 for a period of 15 years
An investment plan of £100m has been included, to which Serco will order new rolling stock to be introduced around 2018
Abellio confirms order for new rolling stock
Abellio have confirmed on Thursday 09 October 2014 that Hitachi will build the new rolling stock for the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Program (EGIP)
The order is for 234 vehicles which will be formed into -
46 three-car EMU
24 four-car EMU
The new rolling stock will be introduced in 2017 and will operate on -
Edinburgh - Falkirk High - Glasgow Queen Street
Edinburgh - Dunblane  
Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa
Glasgow Queen Street - Falkirk Grahamston

Due to the Glasgow Queen Street improvement not being completed until 2019 the maximum train length will initially be 7 cars, but once completed will be increased to 8 cars