RAIL Passengers Warned To Check Journeys As Temporary Timetable Brought In

9 July, 2024 | Local, Noticeboard

Port Glasgow station

INVERCLYDE’S train services will be reduced from tomorrow (Wednesday) as ScotRail introduce a temporary timetable across the country.

The operator says this will provide greater certainty and reliability for customers following a number of cancellations in recent days because fewer train drivers than normal are making themselves available for overtime or rest day working, as is their contractual right.

Customers are advised to check their journey before travelling by using the ScotRail website or app. These systems are due to be updated by around 10pm this evening. Timetables for weekend travel are due to be in systems on Thursday evening.

Inverclyde Arrangements:

  • First trains:
    • 06:49 Glasgow to Wemyss Bay
    • 06:05 Glasgow to Gourock
    • 05:20 Gourock to Glasgow
    • 06:27 Wemyss Bay to Glasgow
  • Morning peak service of:
    • Two trains per hour between Gourock and Glasgow calling at limited stops.
    • Two trains per hour between Gourock and Glasgow calling at all stations
    • Two trains per hour between Wemyss Bay and Glasgow calling at all stations.
  • Core daytime service of:
    • Two trains per hour between Gourock and Glasgow calling at limited stations.
    • Two trains per hour between Wemyss Bay and Glasgow calling at all stations.
  • Evening peak service of:
    • Two trains per hour between Gourock and Glasgow calling at all stations
    • Two trains per hour between Wemyss Bay and Glasgow calling at all stations.
  • Evening service of:
    • One train per hour between Gourock and Glasgow calling at all stations.
    • Two trains per hour between Wemyss Bay and Glasgow calling at limited stations.
  • Last trains:
    • 23:50 Glasgow to Gourock
    • 22:55 Glasgow to Wemyss Bay
    • 23:26 Gourock to Glasgow
    • 23:03 Wemyss Bay to Glasgow

| The temporary timetable will be available online.

Drivers’ union ASLEF has now confirmed it will recommend to its executive committee a ballot for industrial action over pay.

ScotRail has been in pay discussions with the rail trade unions, ASLEF, RMT, TSSA, and Unite, and a formal offer in line with the Scottish Government’s public sector pay policy was made on Friday, however this was rejected by all the unions.

While ScotRail is currently recruiting 160 new drivers each year to improve resilience, some rest day working and overtime is still needed to deliver a normal timetable. This has historically been the case in the railway and is replicated in other train operators across Britain.

Reducing the timetable temporarily will mean ScotRail is able to provide a more reliable service for customers instead of late-notice cancellations.

The temporary timetable will see ScotRail operating around 1,660 services each day Monday to Saturday.

While the times of first or last trains on more than half of all routes will remain unchanged, there will be changes in the number of services provided during the morning and evening peak times; for example, where there are normally four trains per hour in the peak, this will reduce to a half-hourly service, which is the same as the off-peak.

ScotRail is working on plans to support upcoming major events, including The Open at Royal Troon, and will update customers in the coming days.

Refunds are available to customers for booked journeys which are affected by the temporary timetable with no additional admin fee. Alternatively, customers can use their tickets to travel on an alternative service, or the day before or two days after their planned journey.

The train operator remains fully committed to further talks to reach agreement on a pay offer that delivers value for the taxpayer and a fair pay increase for ScotRail employees.

Mark Ilderton, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said: “We are very sorry to customers for the disruption to services. We know that customers want certainty and reliability, which is why we are introducing a temporary timetable, in place of late-notice cancellations.

“We are operating services which the vast majority of customers use and we are still using all the available trains in our fleet so customers can continue to travel.

“We want to resolve the pay dispute with the trade unions and remain fully committed to further discussions. We’re asking customers to check their journey on our website or mobile app, as train times will have changed.”

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