MAJOR reductions in rail services will start on Monday (23 March) as ScotRail reacts to the coronavirus outbreak. Inverclyde routes will stop operating much earlier each day.
The operator says staff availability has been affected, as well as customer demand, making changes to the timetable necessary.
The emergency schedule “represents significant change from the normal daily timetable”, with a specific focus to deliver an effective public transport service for key workers.
Reducing the number of trains in service creates also opportunities for additional cleaning activities on trains, and in depots, and allows more targeted cleaning at stations.
ScotRail insist that the service level will deliver more than enough seats to meet current demand. The timetable will be kept under regular review to react to any further developments.
The frequency of trains on the Inverclyde lines under the reduced timetable has not been given on the ScotRail website which simply details first and last trains as follows:
0647 Gourock to Glasgow Central
0707 Glasgow Central to Gourock
0754 Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central
0750 Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay
2024 Gourock to Glasgow Central
2006 Glasgow Central to Gourock
1948 Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central
1936 Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay
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.”