Performance improving as new ScotRail timetable arrives

ScotRail 385
Credit: ScotRail

ScotRail has released new figures that show punctuality on Scotland’s railway has improved.

Across Scotland, 83.4 per cent of ScotRail trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure, arriving at their destination within 4 minutes and 59 seconds of their timetabled arrival time, this is after they have called at all scheduled stations.

This means the moving annual average, the rolling performance over the previous 12 months, stands at 87.3 per cent.

The figures show ScotRail’s punctuality is at its best since September.

Several weeks of industrial action by the trade union RMT and training for the introduction of the new timetable on 9 December had an impact on punctuality.

The introduction of InterCity high-speed trains and brand-new Hitachi class 385 electric trains have enabled the delivery of the enhanced timetable.

Full details of the new timetable can be found by clicking here.

What did the officials say?

ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said:

“We know it has been a challenging time for Scotland’s railway, but it is encouraging to see that our punctuality has improved in recent weeks. With the successful introduction of the new timetable, everyone across the ScotRail Alliance is working flat out to keep improving the service for our customers.

“With the first phase of improvements in place, our new trains and infrastructure enhancements, we are working together to deliver the punctuality and quality of service that our customers deserve.”

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  • There has been some argument with passengers wanting to have more extra trains such as on the Fife Circle Lines. And extra trains in the north of Scotland to help boost more capacity. Instead ScotRail are more focused on introducing more AT 200 Class 385s and the sad farewell to the Class 314 which entered service in 1978 (40 years ago). Which the Class 385s are to replace the Class 314s on some services in the Glasgow area in the upcoming months ahead.