A travel company has revealed huge plans to operate a new train service to and from Glasgow.

FirstGroup has announced that its popular open-access rail service Lumo is in discussions with Transport Scotland and Network Rail to extend some of its London to Edinburgh trains to and from Glasgow.

It comes after the travel company has 'identified' opportunities to extend a number of daily journeys to and from the city in the timetables for 2025 and beyond.

Now, work will continue to agree on final route options and timings ahead of an application for access rights to the Office of Rail and Road - the industry regulator.

If successful, the new services could be in operation by next summer.

Graham Sutherland, FirstGroup plc Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased to be looking at options to grow our popular Lumo train service by extending the service from Edinburgh to Glasgow from next year. 

"We have seen the level of growth and opportunity that is possible with new open access connections, including the significant environmental benefits of passengers switching to rail. 

"We will be working closely with stakeholders as we refine this opportunity and our case for this new offering.”

Lumo says its new proposed offering will 'improve links for customers travelling between Newcastle and Glasgow'.

The new proposals build on the success of the firm's all-electric services which launched in October 2021 between London and Edinburgh.

Once preferred route options and timings have been agreed upon, discussions will continue with Network Rail and the ORR to secure the required approvals.

The journeys would be operated within the existing Lumo fleet of all-electric trains and it is anticipated that the additional services could begin in summer 2025.