Lockerbie trains campaign

First TransPennine Express has announced that from May 2014 26 trains will stop each day at Lockerbie, double the number in 2006.

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Lockerbie rail breakthrough

There has been a breakthrough in the long running campaign to improve train services to and from Lockerbie.

First Trans Pennine Express has announced that from May next year many more services will stop in the town each day.

Crucially, it will allow passengers to reach Glasgow and Edinburgh before 9 o'clock in the morning.

Tim Backshall reports:

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Rail boss announces new services for Lockerbie

The Managing Director of First Trans Pennine Express, Nick Donovan has announced new routes for Lockerbie station.

They include:

  • 26 services per weekday will stop at Lockerbie from May next year, compared to 13 in 2006
  • 22 services each Saturday
  • 15 services each Sunday
  • For the first time trains will arrive before 9am in Edinburgh and Glasgow from Lockerbie with approximate arrival time of 8.15am

More trains for Lockerbie station

First TransPennie says it is responding to a rise in demand for their services. Credit: First Group

The campaign to improve train services to and from Lockerbie appears to have reached a breakthrough. First TransPennine Express has announced that from May 2014 26 trains will stop each day at Lockerbie, double the number in 2006.

For the first time people will be able to get into Edinburgh or Glasgow by just after 8 in the morning, allowing them to commute to work. First TransPennine says it's investing £60 million in new trains.

It says it's responding to a 70% increase in the number of passengers using the station. The announcement follows a long campaign by local MP David Mundell and a petition of 300 names calling for better services.

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