Reduced Rail Services, Scotland, from March 23

Rail services in Scotland will move to a reduced timetable from Monday 23 March as people follow the extraordinary advice to limit social contact and stay at home.

Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail announced they would be operating a reduced service so emergency staff can travel and will prioritise moving goods and emergency supplies such as medicines can be moved around the country.

David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: “We are facing an unprecedented challenge on Scotland’s Railway and the revised timetable will help to provide a critical service for the key workers across the country.

“Our own people are absolutely committed and are working flat out on the frontline to help keep the country moving, while also keeping themselves and customers safe.

Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson said the government is in discussions with rail unions to protect rail staff during unprecedented times.

“We are also investigating ways to provide proportionate relief to operators, while also ensuring contractual incentives remain to mitigate the impact of doing so. Any changes to rail franchise contracts, including funding mechanisms, will be made in the best interests of the public and business communities.”

Source: The Guardian