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By Donald Turvill
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MP seeks review of new train timetable

THE region’s MP is urging ScotRail to scrap a new timetable that would see late night trains between Glasgow and Stranraer cease to operate.

Alister Jack was contacted by a number of concerned constituents who received notification of the proposed changes due to come into effect from Sunday, December 13.

Cancellation of the weeknight service leaving Glasgow Central at 10.13 pm and arriving in Stranraer at 12.56 am, the last train of the night, would “greatly inconvenience” those in the region relying on it for work and leisure, Mr Jack said.

He added: “One traveller, who is employed in the off-shore oil industry, believed the new timetable would get him as far as Ayr Station around 1.00 am – more than 50 miles short of his destination.”

The MP and Scottish Secretary is now seeking assurances from the company that late night services will not be lost, urging them to review their decision.

He continued: “With the state of the A77 and the A75 there is a strong feeling locally that Stranraer receives a raw deal in terms of transport and that a good train service is an essential – not a luxury.”

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