‘Not for the first time’: Rail travel to Scotland ends at Glasgow

Transport for Scotland said it was ending its direct rail links to Scotland in the coming weeks after a long period of uncertainty over the future of the scheme.

Transport for England and Scotland announced the move on Monday, saying the government had committed to the long-term viability of the service.

It was expected to save the taxpayer £4 million per year.

But Transport Scotland said the closure of rail links was a result of “significant and unacceptable delays” to the project.

Transport Minister Michael Russell said the decision would not affect travel from Glasgow to other Scottish towns.

It would be “unacceptable” to impose “any further financial penalties” on Scotland, Mr Russell added.

The move comes as the Scottish Government prepares to leave the European Union and leave the UK with a new government in a year’s time.

Scottish Government sources have said it is likely that the Government will leave the EEA and leave a UK-wide borderless single market.

The Government is expected to announce a new package of measures to bring back control of borders to Scotland on December 13, but no date has yet been set for the talks.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said it would be a “shame” if Scotland did not have the right to “have its own laws and customs”.

She said the Government would “never be able to guarantee that this will be a successful relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK”.

The Scottish Government has been forced to cancel planned talks with Northern Ireland in the face of a Brexit vote.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government’s decision to stop rail links in Scotland was “unnecessary”.

“The Scottish Government is committed to bringing the rail service back into service.

That is why we announced our plans to bring it back,” he said.

“It is a matter of urgency for the Government to bring forward a decision to bring the service back to Scotland.”