ScotRail cutting carriage numbers on some services from Monday – including Edinburgh-Glasgow route
As a result, the rail firm, which is Scotland’s main train operator, suggests customer numbers are down by almost 90% compared to the same time last year, just before the pandemic hit.
ScotRail says the changes – which will be constantly reviewed, especially if passenger numbers change again – will “ensure trains run when they are needed most” and deliver “better value for the taxpayer”.
David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: “Following the enhanced restrictions, we are again making these alterations based on the current demand from customers and it will allow us to keep on providing a critical service for those travelling.
“Like any business during the pandemic, we need to continue to make sensible financial decisions and reducing the number of carriages means a reduction in costs for the taxpayer while continuing to deliver a safe and reliable rail service.”
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