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Scotrail to reduce timetable due to coronavirus pandemic


By Jonathan Clark

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SCOTRAIL is set to reduce its train service nation-wide from next week due to the "unprecedented challenge" caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

With customer demand and staff availability falling, the new timetable will represent a "significant change" and will be introduced on Monday, March 23.

The first train from Inverness to Aberdeen will leave at 6.01am, with the first from Aberdeen to Inverness setting off at 6.22am. The last train from Inverness to Aberdeen will leave at the much earlier time of 6.14pm, with the last train from Aberdeen to Inverness leaving at 6.22pm.

ScotRail will alter their service from Monday. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
ScotRail will alter their service from Monday. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

ScotRail say they have made the timetable with a specific focus on delivering an effective service for key workers. The timetable will be kept under regular review.

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said: "We are facing an unprecedented challenge on Scotland’s Railway and the revised timetable will help to provide a critical service for the key workers across the country.

"Our own people are absolutely committed and are working flat out on the frontline to help keep the country moving, while also keeping themselves and customers safe.

"The railway has an important role to play during this crisis and we will work closely with the Scottish Government to do all we can as the situation develops."

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