RAIL commuters are facing major disruption this morning due to a broken down train on Glasgow to Edinburgh routes.

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The 5.26am Stirling to London King's Cross LNER train broke down on the line between Linlithgow and Edinburgh Park before 7am, causing delays and cancellations for some of the region's busiest morning services.

ScotRail confirmed that the faulty LNER train was "on the move" at 8.45, after a rescue train was dispatched to haul it along the tracks into Edinburgh. 

However, the operator warned travellers that "we have severe disruption ongoing due to units and crews out of position". 

 

Passengers using three routes were affected: Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh via Falkirk Grahamston; Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh via Falkirk High; and Dunblane and Edinburgh.

Half-hourly services have now been introduced between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh via Falkirk High in a bid to ease passenger congestion. 

As of 8.30am, services will run from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinnburgh on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour. 

From 9.15am, services will run at '15 and '45 past the hour from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street.

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Bus replacement services have also been laid on for passengers in Stirling, Croy and Polmont, Falkirk Grahamston, Cumbernauld, Linlithgow and Edinburgh Park. 

However passengers have been urged to make their own travel arrangements "due to very limited replacement transport being secured". 

Passengers told they could use their ScotRail tickets to travel on some local First bus routes instead. 

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LNER has also tweeted to apologise to passengers for the inconvenience, confirming that the service will now terminate at Edinburgh Waverley. 

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It will no longer stop at Haymarket and had been scheduled to travel on to Berwick, Newcastle, Darlington, York and London King's Cross.