An elderly man has been treated by paramedics after collapsing on a packed commuter train amid the ongoing transport chaos between Fife and Edinburgh.
The man appears to have fainted on a three-carriage train taking commuters from Fife to Edinburgh at around 7.50am, and he was taken off the carriage at South Gyle on a stretcher.
The incident comes as ScotRail continues to try to cope with the extra demand caused by the Forth Road Bridge’s closure, with extra early morning trains and more carriages among the measures it has taken to alleviate problems.
However, many trains particularly commuter trains have been packed and have standing room only, with very few seats available.
Commuter Tom Freeman was one of those aboard the train and took to social media to express his anger at the situation.
Scotrail put 3 carriages on a busy commuter train from Fife. Now someone is being carried off the train on a stretcher. #FRB
— Tom Freeman (@tomwfreeman) December 10, 2015
He tweeted: “ScotRail put three carriages on a busy commuter train from Fife. Now someone is being carried off the train on a stretcher. #FRB. Honestly, ScotRail, that is shameful. Lack of rolling stock is dangerous.”
He had earlier tweeted: “Only three carriages again on the 7.10. What a joke. After Inverkeithing into serious territory. Pressed against doors.”
A spokeswoman for ScotRail said: “A passenger took ill and was treated by the ambulance service within a matter of minutes.
“We thank our customers for their understanding and patience, and they may be able to make a claim under our Delay Repay Guarantee.”