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ScotRail announces return of full timetable from next week

By Ewan Malcolm

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SCOTRAIL has announced that it will reintroduce its full timetable from Wednesday, July 20, after members of trade union ASLEF accepted an improved pay offer recently.

ScotRail will reintroduce its full timetable from next week.
ScotRail will reintroduce its full timetable from next week.

Its return brings an end to the temporary timetable that had been in place since May 23 which saw almost 700 services a day cut across Scotland.

That included the Aberdeen to Inverness service where the last train left at 6.18pm - four hours earlier than before the pay dispute and subsequent disruption.

However, with progress made in negotiations, the union put the pay offer to members and recommended they accept which led to them agreeing before notifying ScotRail of the results on Monday.

Work is now in progress to ensure that the timetable is fully restored, with train planning staff working to carry out the required changes for services to be reintroduced.

This includes scheduling the movement of trains to where they need to be, with rosters for general grade staff and schedules for drivers being altered.

The train operator said that as part of this it is also managing some increases in covid-related absences following the recent surge in infections across the country.

David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: "We are delighted to be able to reintroduce the timetable, adding almost 700 services each day, and delivering the service that our customers expect and deserve.

“It has been a very challenging few months, impacting those across the country who rely on rail travel and on our staff too.

“It is a big step forward to reach such a positive resolution and continue in our efforts to provide the safest, greenest, and most reliable railway we can.

"We thank customers for their patience through this period.”

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