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ScotRail announces temporary timetable for Sundays

By Tom Ramage

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ScotRail is introducing a temporary timetable for Sundays "to provide greater certainty and reliability for customers".

The announcement follows the introduction of temporary timetables for Monday – Friday and Saturday.

The new Scotrail train timetable will take effect on Sundays.
The new Scotrail train timetable will take effect on Sundays.

The train operator has brought in the temporary change as a result of a significant number of drivers declining to make themselves available for overtime or rest day working following a dispute about pay.

Like many train operators across Britain, ScotRail has relied on drivers working overtime or on their rest days.

In 2019, ScotRail committed to employing more drivers to phase out the reliance on this practice, however, the pandemic meant that driver training was significantly delayed.

Customers will be able to see the new temporary timetable for Sunday on the company's website and app from Saturday morning, with customer information systems currently updating.

All temporary timetables can be viewed on the ScotRail website - ScotRail | Temporary Timetable.

Last week the operator added late-night services to timetables for Fridays and Saturdays, and that will continue this weekend.

David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: “We’re sorry to customers for the disruption on Sundays over recent weeks so this temporary timetable will provide greater certainty and reliability for customers.

“We’re incredibly disappointed and frustrated that ASLEF bosses have rejected this improved pay offer.

"It’s astonishing that they will not even put this offer to their members.

“Our substantially improved pay offer reflects the cost-of-living challenges faced by families across the country, while balancing it against the need to provide value for the taxpayer.

“We have offered to meet ASLEF but, in the meantime, would urge them to reconsider this offer in the interest of their members and the future of the railway in Scotland.

“We’re asking customers to check their journey on our website, mobile app, and through our social media channels as train times will have changed.”

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