Midlothian rail service alterations

A train comes through Shawfair station

A train comes through Shawfair station

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Due to the week of celebrations planned, service alterations have been announced on the soon to be opened Borders Railway.

On the Golden Ticket day, September 5, all services between Edinburgh Waverley and Newcraighall from 5:55am until 3:15pm will be replaced by a bus service.

On September 9 – the day of the Queen’s visit – the following five services will not operate: 10:54am and 1:54pm Edinburgh – Tweedbank, and 9:59am, 10:28am and 2:59pm Tweedbank – Edinburgh.

Other services will start from/terminate at Gorebridge, and some will omit calls at other stations.

Passenger steam services due to take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from September 10 will also result in some service alterations.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays the 10:54am and 2:24pm Edinburgh – Tweedbank, 11:59am and 2:59pm Tweedbank – Edinburgh trains will not operate. Other services will be altered, and some journey times may be extended.

No services will be cancelled on Sundays, but some services will have slightly longer journey times.

The Queen’s visit on September 9 will follow a weekend of celebrations, with a community-focussed ‘Golden Ticket’ day on Saturday, September 5, and the beginning of passenger services on Sunday, September 6.

Then, on Thursday, September 10, the first passenger steam train will operate on the Borders Railway - one of 17 to make a return journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank.

In order to deliver these exciting events, ScotRail is advising customers that some alterations will be made to timetabled services.

Rob Shorthouse, ScotRail’s client and communications director, said: “We are honoured that Her Majesty The Queen will open the new Borders Railway on Wednesday, 9 September.

“Her visit, along with the Golden Ticket day and steam excursions, will make it an exciting time for Midlothian and the Scottish Borders – and the country as a whole.

“These events will have an impact on our scheduled services, but we have tried to limit the inconvenience to our passengers, and sincerely thank everyone for their understanding.”

Mr Shorthouse urged passengers to check journey times before travelling.

He added: “Timetable alterations may not show in online ticket purchasing systems for a few days, so customers should check closer to the time before making any plans to travel on the Borders line in the first few weeks after opening.”

Full information at www.scotrail.co.uk/borders-service-alterations