The introduction of brand-new class 385 electric trains from December will deliver an improved experience for East Lothian commuters.
The key improvements at a glance:
Half of North Berwick to Edinburgh services will have 6 carriages
08:07 from Prestonpans to Edinburgh will now have 4 carriages
07:55 from North Berwick to Edinburgh will now have 6 carriages
17:43 from Haymarket to North Berwick will now have 6 carriages
More than 1,500 additional seats each day between North Berwick and Edinburgh
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:
“These changes mark the first significant phase of timetable improvements on Scotland’s railways with £475 million being invested in rolling stock during this franchise, introducing faster, longer, greener trains.”
I didn’t find the information on the National Rail Enquiries website particularly easy to read so thought it might be helpful to set out the information clearly below:
So, in a nutshell, if you’re heading to Edinburgh in the morning, the first off-peak train is the one that leaves North Berwick at 09:27. Coming back to East Lothian from Edinburgh, there are two peak trains: 17:15 and 17:48. Weekends are always off-peak.
Hope this helps but please remember, this is only my interpretation of the current timetable, if you need additional information please contact Scotrail.
This free six-week programme is supported by trained, friendly and supportive volunteer ride leaders, helping adults who haven’t cycled for some time or those wanting to improve their cycling skills build up their confidence on a bike.
All equipment is provided so don’t be put off if you don’t have a bike!
The sessions are due to start on Wed 30th May, 2018, Thu 31st May and Sun 3rd June so there is likely to be a session to suit most people.
The timing of the weekday sessions might be of particular interest to parents/grandparents who would like to build up confidence while their children are at school.
If you have any questions, contact Heather Cameron, Project Worker, CHANGES Community Health Project, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6QA
The ScotRail Alliance will confirm how they are improving rail services for customers in East Lothian at a public meeting on Thursday evening (03 May).
The most recent figures show the level of service on the North Berwick route has improved in recent months, with 94.1 per cent of ScotRail trains meeting their target arrival time, having stopped at all scheduled stations. This is up by 10 per cent from the most challenging period last year.
And, over the past twelve weeks, just one in almost 3,000 services to run on the route missed a stop in order to prevent disruption spreading across the network.
More carriages are also heading to services in East Lothian: a number of trains on the route already have six carriages, following a trial early last year that has since been made permanent. By the end of the year, the majority of peak-time trains between North Berwick and Edinburgh are expected to have six carriages.
Once the new Hitachi Class 385 trains enter service, these will be introduced on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High route, followed by the North Berwick route.
This announcement comes ahead of a public meeting on rail services in East Lothian which will take place in Prestonpans Town Hall, on Thursday 3 May at 7pm where leaders from the ScotRail Alliance will meet customers, as well as Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP.
Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s Head of Customer Operations, who will be at the meeting said:
“Along with ScotRail Alliance colleagues, I’m looking forward to meeting with our customers in Prestonpans, answering their questions about the service we provide and the improvements we will be making.
“We know that East Lothian is an exceptionally popular place to live, and there’s an ever-growing demand for our services to and from Edinburgh.
“With that in mind, we are doing all we can to ensure everyone has a comfortable journey. By the end of this year, even more of our customers will be able to benefit from longer trains with more seats and better services.”
People living in the surrounding communities of East Lothian and Edinburgh are invited to Queen Margaret University (QMU) to get an insight into the institution’s work.
QMU will host its Community Forum of this year at its Musselburgh campus in East Lothian on Monday 21st November from 6.30pm – 7.45pm. The QMU Community Forum brings together university staff, local residents, businesses, organisations, schools and council representatives twice a year to discuss university and local community issues.
Local people will have the opportunity to ask questions about the University and find out how it works with the community through its students, staff, commercial work and widening participation initiatives.
Speakers at the event will include Professor Chris McVittie, Director of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, who will discuss student participation in QMU’s Volunteering and Community Engagement module.
Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: “The QMU Community Forum creates a link between local people in and around East Lothian, Edinburgh and the University and is part of our community engagement strategy. The event attracts interest from local residents, councillors and representatives from community groups and offers an excellent platform for local information exchange. It also provides an insight into how the university’s students and staff contribute to the community and opportunities for local people to engage in our activities such as public events, open days, drama projects and community/outreach initiatives.”
QMU is open to the local community throughout the year, providing a range of public facilities, including learning resources, gym and sports centre, café, restaurant and grounds for leisure activities and dog-walking. Local residents should keep a close eye on QMU’s Facebook and Twitter channels which often promote opportunities for the community to engage with the university through public events and research projects.
For more information and to register for the QMU Community Forum, contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Marketing & Communications Office, QMU, T: 0131 474 0000, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free
When will my bus arrive?
Dunbar – East Linton – Haddington – Edinburgh
hourly, 7 days per week (every 30 mins Mon-Fri at peak times)
Mon-Fri: First departure from Dunbar at 0555 First departure from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 0715 Last bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 2244 Last bus from Dunbar to Edinburgh at 2115 Last bus from Dunbar to Haddington at 2359
Saturdays: First departure from Dunbar at 0655 First departure from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 0740 Last bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 2244 Last bus from Dunbar to Edinburgh at 2115 Last bus from Dunbar to Haddington at 2359
Sundays: First departure from Dunbar at 0743 First departure from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 0820 Last bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 2244 Last bus from Dunbar to Edinburgh at 2115 Last bus from Dunbar to Haddington at 2359
North Berwick – Gullane – Aberlady – Longniddry – Musselburgh – Edinburgh
Every 30 mins Monday-Saturday (every hour evenings and Sundays)
Mon-Fri: First departure fromNorth Berwick at 0547 First departure from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 0726 Last bus from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 2328 Last bus from North Berwick to Edinburgh at 2155 Last bus from North Berwick to Musselburgh at 2305
Saturdays: First departure from North Berwick at 0623 First departure from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 0802 Last bus from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 2328 Last bus from North Berwick to Edinburgh at 2155 Last bus from North Berwick to Musselburgh at 2305
Sundays: First departure from North Berwick at 0719 First departure from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 0902 Last bus from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 2328 Last bus from North Berwick to Edinburgh at 2155 Last bus from North Berwick to Musselburgh at 2305
Queen Margaret University (QMU) is supporting an exciting new reading initiative which is being launched across eight Musselburgh schools on Tuesday 1st March 2016.
The Reading is Braw initiative aims to get children in Wallyford, Whitecraig and Musselburgh to read more.
For 15 weeks, starting from 1 March 2016, thousands of school pupils across the Musselburgh learning community will be taking part in a reading challenge, including Musselburgh Grammar, Musselburgh Burgh Primary School, Pinkie St. Peter’s Primary School, Wallyford Primnary School, Whitecraig Primary School, Campie Primary School, Stoneyhill Primary School and Loretto RC Primary School.
All school pupils will be given a reading record to keep a note of their reading and after five weeks they’ll get a lanyard to wear which will show the book that they are currently reading.
There will be rewards and encouragement along the way. At the end of the 15 weeks there will be a huge celebration in recognition of the children’s reading achievements.
The initiative has received widespread support from the local community. QMU staff and students are supporting the project in a number of ways:
20 QMU staff members have volunteered to deliver regular lunchtime reading sessions in each of the seven participating primary schools throughout the 15 week initiative
A number of pop-up library/book swap stations will be installed on the QMU campus to encourage pupils to visit the University and further explore the world of books
Validation of Reading is Braw as a Queen Margaret University Children’s University Learning Experience – participating pupils can gain up to 10 hours of Children’s University learning credit by successfully completing the Reading is Braw challenge
QMU is the first higher education institution in the east of Scotland to host the Children’s University which aims to help school children, aged between seven and 14 years of age (and five and six year olds with their families), become confident learners and broaden their horizons. Three of Musselburgh’s schools are partners in QMU’s Children’s University with over 350 of their pupils actively taking part in the programme.
Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement at QMU, said: “We’re thrilled to support such an exciting initiative. Reading is Braw is exactly the kind of fun and engaging learning initiative that our Children’s University aims to support and we are delighted to include it as part of our Children’s University programme for 2016.
“Reading skills are at the heart of all learning and giving children the skills they need to read, and then encouraging them to read more widely and for pleasure, is crucial to improving standards of literacy in our young people and in turn their overall educational achievement.
“That so many of our staff have volunteered to support the in-school lunchtime reading sessions is testament to the University’s commitment to playing an active role within our local communities and encouraging a love of learning amongst young people.”
For more information on the Reading is Braw initiative, visit the blog or follow the initiative on Twitter: www.edubuzz.org/readingisbraw and twitter.com/Reading_is_Braw
The Reading is Braw initiative is a partnership project between Queen Margaret University, East Lothian Council, Musselburgh Area Partnership and Support from the Start.
For more information on the Queen Margaret Children’s University and to sign up, contact Hayley Jones, Children’s University Education Liaison Officer at QMU on T: 0131 474 0000 or email Hjones@qmu.ac.uk