ScotRail has announced its intentions to deliver timetable improvements, resulting in faster journeys and greater capacity.
As an important national train operating company in Scotland, these changes to the timetable that ScotRail will implement are possible because of the increased level of services and stock in the country.
Set to be introduced in the second week of September, the timetable improvements will not only deliver greater journeys and therefore efficiency, but also because of there being more seats, passengers can ultimately expect to enjoy greater overall services.
A raft of benefits will come from the timetable improvements, including faster average journey times between Edinburgh and Glasgow; a reduction of journey times of more than five minutes on services from Stirling to Edinburgh.
A key reason for these increased services has been the introduction of brand new class 385 electric trains, new high speed trains, while the ongoing electrification of the line on the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa route.
Electrification and improved signalling will allow ScotRail to run more services, as the technology means trains can run closer together, therefore increasing efficiency and seats.
The electrification means the new class of trains can run on the lines, with an increased number of carriages.
December’s timetable improvements are just the start; further alterations will be delivered in May and December next year.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director at ScotRail Alliance, commented: “The improvements we are making to our timetable from December mean ScotRail has reached another milestone as we build the best railway Scotland has ever had.
“This is just the first phase of the work we are doing to deliver for our customers over the next year.
“The investment the ScotRail Alliance is making to electrify more lines and introduce new and upgraded trains means we will deliver faster journeys, more seats, and more services for our customers.”