The ScotRail Alliance has told us that they have now upgraded a number of stations between Glasgow and Edinburgh, just before the brand new electric trains come into service.

The new lounge area at Linlithgow

The waiting areas at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, and Linlithgow have been transformed into new ScotRail lounges. Having used some of these in the past I can vouch that they were perhaps a bit drafty and uninviting.

Now the refurbished areas have padded benches, new flooring, and softer lighting, which Scotrail Alliance hope makes the stations a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train.

The lounge at Linlithgow will be a place to relax or work in comfort, with a mix of sofas and padded chairs, as well as space to work.

The newly refurbished waiting area at Falkirk High Station

As part of the investment, 11 new self-service ticket machines have been installed across Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, and Linlithgow. New 24-inch and 46-inch digital customer information screens are also being installed.

ScotRail Alliance Programmes & Transformation Director Ian McConnell said: “We’re building the best railway Scotland’s ever had, and improving our station facilities is a key part of this.

“This refurbishment programme is a clear sign of what’s to come as we prepare to roll-out brand-new electric trains along the route – delivering faster journeys, more seats, and better services.”

Falkirk High Station following the refurbishment of the waiting room