Falkirk and Polmont rail services to return to normal

Work on the Winchburgh tunnel is due to finish on Sunday
Work on the Winchburgh tunnel is due to finish on Sunday

Commuters can breathe a sigh of relief as mainline rail services from Falkirk High and Polmont stations will return to normal next week.

Services to Edinburgh have been severely disrupted this month due to the closure of Winchburgh tunnel in West Lothian for essential engineering works.

The project, which lowered the trackbeds to allow for the installation of overhead electrical wires required by faster trains, will end on Sunday.

Direct services from Falkirk High to Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket will resume on Sunday.

Passengers have for the past six weeks been herded on to rail replacement buses or told to use slower services on other lines, adding up to 30 minutes to journeys.

Rail bosses said that passenger numbers have only dipped slightly, suggesting travellers haven’t taken to the roads en masse.

A spokesman for the ScotRail Alliance, representing rail operator ScotRail and Network Rail – which is carrying out the work in the Winchburgh Tunnel – said only one in ten regular passengers had stopped using trains during the disruption.