ScotRail, the railway network in Scotland, is offering two extra trains to Glasgow, from Ayrshire and Renfrewshire in Scotland, during the morning peak period.
The trains will provide around five hundred additional seats. The railway is also offering an additional four services from Glasgow For the evening period, with same number of extra seats. The company is expecting the new additions to increase its passenger traffic by 500,000 additional passengers in a year, or a 12 percent increase on the current traffic.
Jerry Farquharson, the director of business planning at ScotRail, said, ‘The new timetable is carefully designed to encourage more people to use rail throughout Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.
We are adding services where they are most needed, using a mix of fast and stopping services to reflect journey patterns across the whole area.
More travel opportunities – and jobs – are being created, with the changes also designed to attract additional passengers to rail at off-peak times, and to increase journey opportunities to and from Glasgow.’
The Scottish transport minister, Keith Brown, said, ‘We are working alongside ScotRail and Network Rail to enhance the passenger experience and deliver more capacity, renewals works and new electric rolling stock to address issues like overcrowding, capacity and punctuality.
We’ve already seen a lot of progress in the area, such as the Class 380 trains brought into service last year. We have also invested around £170 million on infrastructure enhancements to allow a more robust service to be delivered.
This timetable aims to enable better ferry connections and faster journey times, with all stations on the routes benefiting from more passengers.
We have worked closely with ScotRail to deliver a timetable that provides the most economical benefits out of all the options considered and represents the best value for money.’