ScotRail has announced that it will be reducing the train services it operates from Monday 1st February 2021 as the train operator continues to run a service for key workers.
The lockdown restrictions that are in place massively reduces the number of passengers travelling, and the changes are being made to reflect the demand from passengers.
Earlier in January, the operator reduced the number of carriages, with passengers down 90% compared to the same time last year.
The changes mean that just 65% of services will continue to operate when compared to pre-covid levels.
David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said: “Everyone across Scotland’s Railway is working incredibly hard to deliver for our customers, and this latest change to our timetable helps us to ensure we keep getting people to where they need to be.”
“We have constantly adapted our timetable throughout the pandemic to reflect restrictions in place at any given time, allowing those travelling to be able to rely on ScotRail, and these alterations will again ensure that we deliver that critical service. There will also be minimal change for those currently using our services, as we have matched changes with the current demand.”
“Like any business during the pandemic, we need to continue to make sensible financial decisions, and reducing the number of services means a reduction in costs for the taxpayer, while continuing to deliver a safe and reliable rail service.”
Robert Samson, Transport Focus Stakeholder Manager, said: “Train timetables must still meet the needs of those who have to travel. Many key workers rely on the first and last services of the day so it’s important that these are maintained. Providing enough capacity for those who are travelling to properly social distance remains vital.”
“The focus on adapting the timetable to continue to provide a safe and reliable service, particularly for key workers and in support of the vaccination rollout should ensure a train service that passengers can rely on.”
“If you do decide to travel I would strongly urge you to plan your journey in advance, allow plenty of time for it, avoid busy times and always follow the safe travel and car sharing guidance. Once you arrive at your destination, check and follow the local restrictions relevant to the area you are in.”
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