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Commuters’ shock as Motherwell is missed

STATION MISSED: commuters headed for Motherwell ended up getting off the train in Carluke.

STATION MISSED: commuters headed for Motherwell ended up getting off the train in Carluke.

Dozens of commuters feared being stranded in Lockerbie after the train they were travelling on failed to stop at Motherwell station as scheduled on Monday evening.

More than 50 passengers on the First TransPennine Express service, heading to Manchester Airport, managed to get off at Carluke after the train made an unscheduled stop in the town.

One passenger told the Times: “The first stop after it leaves Glasgow is Motherwell, then Lockerbie, then to Manchester Airport.

“There was over 50 people who had to get off at Carluke and get the train back.

“We were lucky though, as the driver had to request special permission to stop at Carluke to let us off. Otherwise the next stop was Lockerbie.”

A First TransPennine Express spokesman said: “I can confirm that our 17.06 Glasgow to Manchester Airport service failed to stop at Motherwell. This was as a result of driver error and we are re-confirming on board procedures to avoid similar situations in the future.

“The train however was given permission to stop at Carluke where passengers were able to make a connection back to Motherwell.

“We would like to offer our apologies for any inconvenience caused to affected customers.”

 
 
 

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