Stirling LNER Train Service Cuts ‘Short-sighted’, Argues Stirling MP


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Public Consultation Open Until 18th March 

Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith has urged LNER to reconsider service cuts to trains connecting Stirling to London, with the operator’s public consultation closing on 18th March 2024.

The number of direct Stirling-London services would be halved to one per day southbound, and one return train, with LNER encouraging customers to make use of other trains to Glasgow or Edinburgh for onward connections. The proposed timetable change would impact the Stirling to Edinburgh portion of the 05.34 Stirling to King’s Cross service, and the Edinburgh to Stirling portion of the 15.00 London King’s Cross to Stirling service.

Mr Smith has expressed concerns the move would reduce travel options, may lead to increased carbon emissions from other forms of travel, and will reduce Stirling’s connectivity with other cities.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘I echo the concerns of stakeholders such as RMT, that these cuts will reduce options available to travellers and degrade Stirling’s connectivity. As one of Scotland’s eight cities, Stirling’s direct rail link with London is a valuable asset and one which households as well as businesses benefit from. I urge Stirling residents to have their say, and let LNER know their thoughts and views on the matter. Stirling is a fantastic place to live, work, study or visit, and it seems incredibly short-sighted to be removing public transport options, especially in these strained economic times.’


The consultation can be found here, and views can be emailed to: