More Scotrail services to run from next week
Scotrail has announced it will be running more trains as of Monday (August 3).
The increased timetables will see more than 90 per cent of normal services in operation with normal early morning, late night and peak services. During peak travel all normal services will be running although many seats will need to remain empty due to social distancing.
Scotrail’s announcement comes ahead of the expected reopening of schools on August 11. It is anticipated this will mean increased demand from passengers.
Social distancing means two people cannot sit in the driver’s cab at the same time, therefore driver training remains suspended and this is preventing full service from being restored. Scotrail has released a video about the challenges it has faced on its YouTube channel.
Passengers are reminded to observe the five rules for safer travel, which include avoiding travel if unwell, avoiding main communing times, not boarding trains if it seems unsafe, wearing a face covering throughout the journey and anticipating being unable to board your first choice of train.
Hand sanitiser and face masks are available at the busiest stations and face coverings are mandatory aboard trains and in stations.
Scotrail operations director David Simpson said: “Thanks to the hard work of staff across Scotland’s Railway, we’ll operate as close to a normal timetable as possible from Monday, August 3.
“Like businesses across the world, we continue to face challenges caused by coronavirus, but we will have every available train in service from August 3.
“We do need everybody to continue taking personal responsibility for their travel choices, because physical distancing can’t be guaranteed.
“Customers who do travel with ScotRail should follow our five rules for safer travel, including the wearing of a face covering on trains and at stations.”