85% fall in travellers
ScotRail axes 20% of services as passenger numbers slump
Fewer trains will be running across Scotland (pic: Terry Murden)
ScotRail is to axe almost 20% of its services from next month following a sharp fall in passengers using the trains.
Stay at home workers have seen passenger numbers fall by 85% compared to last year and those who are travelling are switching from the peak morning and evening “rush hours” to other times of the day.
Edinburgh-Glasgow trains will run every half hour instead of every 15 minutes.
Announcing the changes from Sunday, 13 December, ScotRail said that about 81% of the normal timetable will operate.
Some services are being removed “following a significant reduction in passenger demand” it said. ScotRail said this level of service will more than meet demand over the coming months.
“With the number of customers travelling on Scotland’s Railway currently down by around 85% compared to the same time last year, the revised timetable ensures trains run when they are needed most while delivering better value for the taxpayer.