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04.12.19

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

ScotRail has announced its newest timetable improvements will see an extra 10,000 seats a day added for passengers across the country.

The latest changes, which include a new station in the north of Glasgow at Robroyston, are set to take effect on December 15, 2019.

Key differences between the current and upcoming timetabling includes a significant rise in north east services, as well as a greater number of carriages on busy commuter lines in both Fife and the central belt.

ScotRail has been subject of criticism recently for overcrowding and cancellations on its trains, and has said the changes will have a positive impact.

There are also set to be 1,500 additional seats included on the Borders Railway, and extra seats between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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David Simpson, ScotRail’s operations director, said: “The improvements we are making to our timetable from December will deliver even more benefits for our customers, delivering more seats, more services, and a new station in the north east of Glasgow.

"The £475m investment in new and upgraded trains and the infrastructure improvements across the country are all part of building the best railway Scotland has ever had."

Transport Scotland’s director of rail Bill Reeve also praised the changes, saying it represented that their organisation’s significant investment is delivering more seats and services than ever before.

A new timetable between Inverurie, Dyce and Aberdeen is set to provide a more than 50 per cent increase in services as well.

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