Scotland’s lockdown train service continued to meet targets

Scotrail is continuing to meet punctuality targets, according to recently published figures.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 1:15 pm
Scotrail has also issued five rules for safer travel during the covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Michael Gillen

The figures show that 95.4 per cent of services running between the end of May and June 27 met the industry rail standard in performance measures.

The timetable has been altered during the coronavirus pandemic to allow essential workers to travel while maintaining a safe distance. As of Monday, June 15, capacity was increased to 60 per cent of a normal timetable and 70 per cent of seating.

The train operator has also issued five rules for safer travel. These include avoiding travel if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, avoiding peak travel times, avoiding boarding if the train is busy, wearing a face mask and remembering that most seats must be left empty.

Operations director David Simpson said: “Scotland’s Railway has played a critical role during a very challenging time for the country and I am delighted with the hard work and commitment of our people, to keep services moving.

“We have set our very clear five rules for travel and we thank customers for following that guidance and helping to keep everyone safe.

“As we move toward the further easing of restrictions, we again urge our customers to take personal responsibility, consider alternative transport options, and make sure our services are available for those who have no other option.”