Train leaving Fife is shorter thanks to Games

Shorter trains for Fife
Shorter trains for Fife

Fifers will see a reduction in carriages on selected trains on the Fife Circle line on two Saturdays during the Commonwealth Games.

ScotRail revealed this week that 16 of the Kingdom’s services will run with fewer carriages on both July 26 and August 2 stating that the temporary alteration is necessary to ensure enough carriages are available within Glasgow to meet visitors’ demands.

Seven of the affected services call at Kirkcaldy and stations via Aberdour, while the other nine go round the circle in the other direction via Dunfermline.

A spokesman for ScotRail said the vast majority of Glenrothes trains are not affected and will run with the same number of seats as normal.

He said: “Sixteen of the 87 direct services that normally link Edinburgh and Glenrothes on Saturdays will run with two, rather than their normal three carriages.

“Switching a small number of carriages from services which are not already impacted by the Games means that shuttle services can be introduced at key Games stations.”

The move by the train operator will see fewer seats on some Edinburgh-bound trains on the first Saturday of the Fringe.

Any Fifers travelling by rail to the Commonwealth Games will still have to change trains at Haymarket as no additional services between the Kingdom and Glasgow are being put on for the sporting event.

Claire Baker MSP said: “I’m really concerned at the carriage reductions proposed in Fife, Fifers will want to travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh for the games and the festival and they should be able to travel with a level of comfort and confidence that they will get a space on the trains.

“We should be encouraging people out of their cars to reduce congestion and to do so we need confidence in our public transport. By reducing the services we run the risk of people left stranded at the station.

“I will be writing to Scotrail to raise these concerns, and ask them to at least reconsider putting on extra services direct to Glasgow.”

Andy Miller, ScotRail’s Commonwealth Games project manager, said: “We will run our biggest-ever timetable during the Games, with double the number of seats on key Glasgow routes. We appreciate the understanding of our customers who may see a reduction in carriages on a small number of services.”

Affected services on the Fife circle travelling via Kirkcaldy:

On Saturdays, July 26 and August 2 the services with fewer carriages will leave their originating stations at the following times.

Glenrothes-Newcraighall: 11.51

Glenrothes-Edinburgh: 09.22 16.51

Newcraighall-Glenrothes: 07.26 10.17 13.17

Edinburgh-Glenrothes: 18.15