John Yellowlees Comprehensive Response

The new £41M interchange at Edinburgh Gateway joins the ScotRail network on 11 December, and will provide a covered link between the Fife lines and Edinburgh Trams to and from Edinburgh Airport and major employers at Gogarburn and Edinburgh Park. There will also be direct access into the Gyle Centre. Four trains an hour in each direction will call at Edinburgh Gateway, two Fife locals and one each to Dundee and Perth or Inverness.

During the day no trains will call at both Edinburgh Gateway and South Gyle because they are so close together, and as the main flow at South Gyle is from and to Fife calls there will revert to their pre-1998 frequency of twice hourly in each direction, with a third call in the peaks : so as to provide a direct service to both Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy, the pattern will be asymmetrical until an improved timetable becomes possible in 2019. It is expected that many users who now transfer to and from minibuses at South Gyle will henceforth switch to the tram at Edinburgh Gateway, and the overall outcome will be to improve connectivity in North West Edinburgh, with a combined total of 6 calls per hour at both stations compared with 4 currently at South Gyle.

South Gyle and Edinburgh Gateway Train Time Table.

It is an interim timetable until we introduce the “revolution in rail” improvements in Fife in December 2018 or May 2019 – this will improve the interval between services at both Gateway and South Gyle. (Note the attachment is truncated and 2 of the Gateway services each hour run to Dundee or Perth and don’t just terminate at Kirkcaldy).

Just to reiterate these other messages :

  • Most people who use South Gyle come from Fife so we’ve structured the calls at both stations to retain as much choice as possible
  • NW Edinburgh receives 6 trains per hour rather than 4 previously. We make rail accessible to the North Gyle and East Craigs residential areas of Edinburgh
  • Plenty of services from South Gyle to Edinburgh.
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