Electric trains started running on the Edinburgh to Glasgow route via Falkirk High for the first time on Sunday.

The seven-carriage class 380 trains provide more seats and are much better for the environment – emitting 85% less carbon dioxide per seat than the diesel trains they replace.

The class 380s from ScotRail’s existing fleet have been introduced ahead of the arrival next year of the brand-new class 385s, which will mean faster and even more comfortable journeys thanks to better accessibility and state-of-the-art facilities.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “It’s great news for commuters that they are starting to enjoy the benefits of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, which is part of the Scottish Government’s major investment in our railways.

“The introduction of these longer trains will make rail journeys an even more attractive alternative for people in Falkirk who regularly travel to Edinburgh or Glasgow and is particularly welcome in the busy run-up to the festive period.

“This is a significant milestone ahead of services via Falkirk High becoming all electric next year as part of our journey to building the best railway Scotland has ever had.”