South Scotland

Concerns raised over cuts to Stranraer-Glasgow rail service

Proposed changes to rail timetables would mean just one train would run from Stranraer direct to Glasgow daily.

Four services currently run each day from the south west Scotland town direct to Glasgow.

Rail operator Abellio, which takes over the ScotRail franchise in April, said it would enhance the service from Stranraer to Kilmarnock in Ayrshire.

Local councillor Willie Scobie has accused the operators of giving with one hand and taking with the other.

He said: "This wouldn't happen anywhere else in Scotland. This is the only place that I know of in Scotland where they have cut off a direct route to Glasgow.

"I think it's going to lead to further isolation."

Rail industry sources insisted that Stranraer would get more journey opportunities to Glasgow, including passengers being able to connect into the regular Ayr-Glasgow electric trains which run four times an hour.

The regional transport partnership, Swestrans, said it recognised that the operating company had tried to balance the availability of rolling stock and paths on the network with provision of direct services.

Dutch rail operator Abellio have promised to invest millions of pounds into the Scottish network when it takes over from Aberdeen-based First Group in April.

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