ScotRail is introducing a new timetable that will see the introduction of electric trains and “more accessible” Sunday services.
The new timetable has been introduced during the train operator’s off-peak all day fares trial which started in October and is set to run for six months.
The main change on the timetable will see the introduction of modern Class 380 electric trains on local services between Barrhead and Glasgow Central
The recent electrification of the route has paved the way for more sustainable, eco-friendly journeys, that ScotRail said would ensure customers benefit from a “more comfortable and reliable service”.
An additional 18 limited-stop services will be introduced on the route between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Shotts everyday day bar Sunday.
The train operator said this move will provide customers at Livingston South, West Calder, and Shotts with fast journey opportunities and more convenient connections to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The new timetable will also see Sunday services become “more accesible” for customers traveling between Gourock and Glasgow with the introduction of additional “half-hourly” trains.
Customers in East Lothian will benefit from ScotRail’s Dunbar to Edinburgh services calling additionally at Wallyford to access the mobility hub there, as well as East Linton when the new station opens.
A later service will operate between Inverness and Elgin on a trial basis to benefit customers in Moray. This will depart Inverness at 10.12pm. The 9.34pm Inverness to Aberdeen service will continue to operate as at present.
The new timetable will see changes between Dundee and Inverurie, delivering improvements particularly at local stations between Dundee and Aberdeen.
David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: ”Our December timetable change represents another step in our ongoing commitment to deliver the best service we can, and encourage more people to choose rail travel instead of using the car, particularly during our off-peak all day fares trial.
“From the introduction of electric trains to increased frequency on key routes and enhanced service reliability, we are dedicated to making Scotland’s Railway more accessible and efficient.
“There is a lot of ongoing investment in our network with decarbonisation continuing, and improvements across the network. This new timetable is an important part of that.
“We’re asking all of our customers to make sure they check their journeys before they try to travel as train times may have changed.”
Customers have been encouraged to check their journey on the ScotRail website, mobile app, and through social media channels as train times may have changed.
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