Aha. I’m on my Easter / study break at the moment, so I’ve not had to get on a train for weeks. I’ll probably make a trip to visit the library this week though.
According to The Scotsman, Fife – Edinburgh is the worst-performing rail route in Scotland.
It is a rare occasion when a train arrives on time. Most of the problems seem to occur at Inverkeithing. It’s evil. We’ve been promised new trains and to be fair they came. But there aren’t enough of them. Three carriages is rarely enough in peak times. Some trains on the way back still have only two carriages! I feel sorry for all the people who get on at Haymarket and South Gyle, who are often lucky to get a seat.
Some of the timetabling makes me scratch my head aswell. Two fast trains (one even faster than the other because it doesn’t even stop at Inverkeithing) arrive at Kirkcaldy within about five minutes of each other. They must arrive at Edinburgh within minutes of each other. I know this because when I took the second train we got stuck behind the one that does stop at Inverkeithing. I know the trains come from different directions, but they surely could have organised this better.
The move comes as the latest punctuality figures showed that more than one in five trains on the Fife-Edinburgh route arrived late last month, delaying thousands of commuters…
First ScotRail trains were also stopping at stations longer to cope with more passengers. The line is used by 4,500 commuters a day and is the fastest-growing rail route into Edinburgh, with total passengers up by 18 per cent in the past year.
Planned improvements are expected to include timetable changes in an attempt to make trains run on time.