Bute train connections to be hit in ScotRail dispute

A ScotRail train at Wemyss Bay station.
A ScotRail train at Wemyss Bay station.

Train services to and from Wemyss Bay are set to be disrupted on Sundays from this weekend due to a dispute between ScotRail and the train drivers’ union Aslef.

ScotRail has announced that customers on the Wemyss Bay line should take trains to/from Gourock and change at Greenock Central on Sundays from July 5.

Replacement buses will run between Greenock Central and Wemyss Bay, timed to connect with CalMac ferries to and from Rothesay.

Trains leave Glasgow Central for Gourock at 20 minutes past each hour on Sundays, rather than the usual 50 minutes past for Wemyss Bay services.

Monday to Saturday trains are not affected by the dispute.

The summary Wemyss Bay timetable for this Sunday - and subsequent Sundays until the dispute is resolved - is as follows.

From Glasgow to Wemyss Bay

Glasgow Central dep 0720; Greenock Central arr 0759 (Bus departs Greenock Central 0806, arriving Wemyss Bay 0840 for ferry leaving 0845)

Glasgow Central dep 0820; Greenock Central arr 0901 (Bus departs Greenock Central 0911, arriving Wemyss Bay 0947 for ferry leaving 1015)

Glasgow Central dep 0920; Greenock Central arr 1001 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1011, arriving Wemyss Bay 1047 for ferry leaving 1100)

Glasgow Central dep 1020; Greenock Central arr 1101 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1111, arriving Wemyss Bay 1147 for ferry leaving 1200)

Glasgow Central dep 1120; Greenock Central arr 1201 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1211, arriving Wemyss Bay 1247 for ferry leaving 1300)

Glasgow Central dep 1220; Greenock Central arr 1301 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1311, arriving Wemyss Bay 1347 for ferry leaving 1350)

Glasgow Central dep 1320; Greenock Central arr 1401 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1411, arriving Wemyss Bay 1447 for ferry leaving 1500)

Glasgow Central dep 1420; Greenock Central arr 1501 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1511, arriving Wemyss Bay 1547 for ferry leaving 1600)

Glasgow Central dep 1520; Greenock Central arr 1601 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1611, arriving Wemyss Bay 1647 for ferry leaving 1730)

Glasgow Central dep 1620; Greenock Central arr 1701 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1711, arriving Wemyss Bay 1747 for ferry leaving 1815)

Glasgow Central dep 1720; Greenock Central arr 1801 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1811, arriving Wemyss Bay 1847 for ferry leaving 1900)

Glasgow Central dep 1820; Greenock Central arr 1901 (Bus departs Greenock Central 1911, arriving Wemyss Bay 1947 for ferry leaving 2045)

Note there is no replacement bus connection for the 1645 or 1945 sailings from Wemyss Bay.

From Wemyss Bay to Glasgow

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 0835; bus departs Wemyss Bay 0845, arriving Greenock Central 0921 (train leaves Greenock Central 0931, arriving Glasgow Central 1014)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1005; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1045, arriving Greenock Central 1121 (train leaves Greenock Central 1131, arriving Glasgow Central 1214)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1045; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1145, arriving Greenock Central 1221 (train leaves Greenock Central 1231, arriving Glasgow Central 1314)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1135; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1145, arriving Greenock Central 1221 (train leaves Greenock Central 1231, arriving Glasgow Central 1314)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1235; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1245, arriving Greenock Central 1321 (train leaves Greenock Central 1331, arriving Glasgow Central 1414)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1335; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1345, arriving Greenock Central 1421 (train leaves Greenock Central 1431, arriving Glasgow Central 1514)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1435; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1445, arriving Greenock Central 1521 (train leaves Greenock Central 1531, arriving Glasgow Central 1614)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1545; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1645, arriving Greenock Central 1721 (train leaves Greenock Central 1731, arriving Glasgow Central 1714)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1635; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1645, arriving Greenock Central 1721 (train leaves Greenock Central 1731, arriving Glasgow Central 1814)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1720; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1745, arriving Greenock Central 1821 (train leaves Greenock Central 1831, arriving Glasgow Central 1914)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1805; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1845, arriving Greenock Central 1921 (train leaves Greenock Central 1931, arriving Glasgow Central 2014)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 1935; bus departs Wemyss Bay 1945, arriving Greenock Central 2021 (train leaves Greenock Central 2031, arriving Glasgow Central 2114)

Ferry arrives Wemyss Bay 2020; bus departs Wemyss Bay 2045, arriving Greenock Central 2121 (train leaves Greenock Central 2131, arriving Glasgow Central 2214)

Note that there is no replacement bus connection for the 1850 arrival at Wemyss Bay, and that for the ferry arriving at 1545, the replacement bus leaves at exactly the same time, so you’re likely to have to wait an hour for the next bus service.