Anglo-Scottish rail services currently suspended (01 March)Back to Forum
At the time of writing there are no rail services operating between England and Scotland.
Virgin Trains (which operates the West Coast Line) has tweeted:
“Due to the extreme weather the route between Carlisle and Scotland in closed. We expect the situation to continue until at least midday.”
Virgin Trains East Coast (which operates the East Coast route) has been affected by a snowdrift near the border.
VTEC says “Trains will not run between Newcastle and Edinburgh for the rest of the day (March 1).1 Mar 2018
On the West Coast Line, they will not be providing rail replacement busses instead, either.
Cancellations to services between Carlisle and Glasgow Central
Due to severe weather between Carlisle and Glasgow Central all Glasgow and Edinburgh lines are blocked.
Train services running through these stations will be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 minutes or revised. Edinburgh, Haymarket, Glasgow Central, Motherwell and Lockerbie will not be served. Disruption is expected until 14:00 01/03.
Passengers travelling to and from Scotland are advised not to travel today.
Due to the weather, the route between Carlisle and Scotland is closed with no trains, or replacement buses, running. Alternative rail routes between England and Scotland are also severely disrupted. We expect this situation to continue until at least lunchtime tomorrow and will let customers know any updates as to when Network Rail expect to reopen the route. Customers who wish to postpone their journeys and travel later in the week can do so tickets for travel to or from Scotland on Wednesday or Thursday can be used up to and including Sunday. Alternatively, if customers would prefer to cancel their journey, refunds will be given without any fee being charged.
Arriva Wales and Transpennine Express are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.
You can get in contact with us via Twitter (@VirginTrains).1 Mar 2018
Update for March 2.
Both mainlines to Scotland remain closed at the time of writing.
If they do not open later today it would mean that the Caledonian Sleeper trains will be unable to operate.2 Mar 2018
Update March 3. The WCML remains closed at the time of writing. But the ECML (between Edinburgh and Newcastle) opened an hour ago and the first train (a VTEC service running Edinburgh-Newcastle) since Wednesday is now running.
Caledonian Sleeper does not operate on Saturday night. No decision yet on when it will restart (it usually operates down the WCML to London Euston).3 Mar 2018
Update March 4. Trains are now operating between Newcastle and Edinburgh. But the WCML (between Carlisle and Scotland) remains closed.
Caledonian Sleeper says it intends to operate services tonight. Presumably these will use the ECML (they normally routes via WCML).4 Mar 2018