Posted 5th May 2010 | 1 Comment

Ash cloud rail services pick up as airports close again

TRAIN operators are gearing up to deal with extra passengers following the closure of several airports in Scotland and Ireland because of the returning volcanic ash cloud.

Virgin Trains has added some 1,400 seats by strengthening several services between Birmingham and Scotland and provided an additional train from Preston to Glasgow.

ScotRail is also lengthening trains to Stranraer Harbour (pictured) to cope with extra Irish traffic. East Coast is easing ticketing restrictions to help passengers affected by delays to flights to and from affected Scottish airports, and Arriva Trains Wales is again strengthening services to Holyhead.

The Association of Train Operating Companies said: “It’s frustrating for people to have their plans disrupted in this way. Once again train companies are gearing up to help stranded air passengers get to their destination as quickly and easily as possible.

“Extra carriages are being added to trains where possible and where required. Other operators are keeping the situation under review and remain on standby to step in if needs be.”

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  • Patrick, London, England

    Once again, the railways come to the rescue!