Rugby fans face rail delays

RUGBY fans travelling to Murrayfield for this weekend's match with South Africa face disruption due to rail improvement works.

ScotRail said an ongoing project to electrify Haymarket North tunnel meant that travellers heading to Edinburgh from Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa would have to change on to another train at Linlithgow.

Fife trains will terminate and start at Haymarket instead of Edinburgh Waverley, the train operator said.

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A ScotRail spokesperson said: "We will do all we can to get everyone to and from Edinburgh, but are also asking travellers to help us by setting off in good time.

"We also urge customers to buy their tickets in advance, not on the day."

ScotRail said trains were expected to be "particularly busy" both before and after the game, which kicks off at 2.30pm. Queuing systems will be in place at key stations such as Haymarket and Glasgow Queen Street.

Network Rail's electrification work at Haymarket is part of the 1bn, five-year Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme.