Vital Christmas upgrades for Edinburgh’s Haymarket junction: Track renewals image

Monday 2 Dec 2019

Vital Christmas upgrades for Edinburgh’s Haymarket junction

Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland

Network Rail engineers will be working around-the-clock this Christmas to renew a key junction near Edinburgh Haymarket station.

From December 25 to December 29, Haymarket East junction will undergo a major upgrade to renew four sets of points (rails which move to transfer trains from one line to another) and replace over 250m of track.

Haymarket junction, which lies to the west of the station, is one of the busiest on Scotland’s Railway and is used by up to 30 trains an hour.

The upgrade will help to improve the reliability of the track and will mean the junction won’t need to be renewed again for decades.

This complex project will take several days to complete and has been timed to coincide with the Christmas and Boxing day holidays, when no ScotRail trains run into Edinburgh.

On Friday, December 27, and Saturday, December 28, trains will be unable to pass through Haymarket and a replacement bus service will be in operation into Edinburgh Waverley from stations to the west of the city.

ScotRail are advising customers planning to travel to the Edinburgh area on these dates to consider making alternative arrangements, particularly on Saturday, December 28.

Normal services will resume on all routes into the city from 10:00 on Sunday, December 29.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Scotland Route Director, said: “Haymarket East junction is a key part of Scotland’s Railway and is used by hundreds of trains a day travelling to destinations across Scotland and England.

“We understand the inconvenience this work will cause to some passengers, but renewing such a complex piece of our railway cannot be accomplished without a short-term closure of the line.

“Our engineers have carefully planned this project to be completed as quickly as possible and we are working hard alongside our train operators to keep passengers informed of the changes to services during this important investment in the railway.”

A breakdown of how journeys will be affected over the Christmas period can be found by visiting or

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