Missed the 6.03am to Glasgow? Next train tomorrow, ScotRail tells West Highland Line passengers

From Monday, passengers who miss the 6.03am departure from Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland to Glasgow should wait 24 hours for the following direct service, The Unbiased has discovered.

Usually they might be capable of take a practice 4 or eight hours later direct to Scotland’s largest metropolis.

However when an emergency timetable takes impact on ScotRail companies on Monday, the present three trains per day from Mallaig by way of Fort William to Glasgow Queen Road reduces to only one, at 6.03.

The daybreak departure, which arrives in Glasgow five-and-a-half hours later is believed to be the earliest “final practice” in British railway historical past.

Alternatively passengers from the Scottish port, which has a ferry hyperlink with Skye, can journey on a night practice to Fort William and alter to the Caledonian Sleeper, arriving at Glasgow Queen Road station at 12.15am.

The West Highland Line service is essentially the most excessive consequence of a one-third minimize in ScotRail trains, precipitated by a nationwide scarcity of drivers.

From Monday 23 Could, the conventional 2,150 weekday companies on the newly nationalised practice operator will likely be minimize by one-third to 1,456.

Most of the almost-700 axed trains are on night companies. The final trains from Glasgow to Dundee and Stirling will depart 4 hours sooner than regular, at 7.10pm and seven.49pm respectively.

From Inverness to Aberdeen, the final practice runs at 6.50pm, slightly than 9.33pm.

ScotRail blames a scarcity of drivers as a result of affect of Covid-19 on coaching and an unwillingness by members of the Aslef union to work additional time.

The organisation is telling passengers: “From Monday, 23 Could, we’re introducing a short lived timetable.

“We’re conscious how a lot current disruption has been affecting our clients and imagine introducing a short lived timetable will present larger certainty and reliability for these travelling.

“We’ve been counting on drivers working additional time or on their relaxation days to run a traditional timetable, because the pandemic meant that coaching new drivers was considerably delayed. With out Covid and that affect on coaching, we might have educated round an additional 130 drivers at present.

“Following an announcement by the drivers’ union Aslef that it’ll poll for industrial motion over pay, a major variety of drivers have been declining to make themselves accessible for additional time or relaxation day working. This has resulted within the current disruption and our have to introduce a short lived timetable going ahead.

“We wish to resolve this dispute with the commerce unions and transfer ahead collectively to offer the most secure, greenest, and most dependable railway we will for Scotland.”

Members of the RMT union are additionally being balloted on industrial motion.

David Simpson, ScotRail’s service supply director, mentioned: “We’re very sorry to clients for the disruption of current days. We all know what clients need greater than something is certainty and reliability, which is why we’re introducing a short lived timetable.

“We wish to resolve this dispute with the commerce unions and transfer ahead collectively to offer the most secure, greenest, and most dependable railway we will for Scotland. We stay open to additional talks with the commerce unions.”

ScotRail says it has made “a very good pay provide that recognises the onerous work of our colleagues and the cost-of-living challenges confronted by households throughout the nation, whereas delivering worth for the taxpayer”.

The 2022-23 provide contains a 2.2 per cent improve in pay and a “top-up revenue-sharing association” if monetary targets are met.

The patron worth index is at the moment 9 per cent. A 3rd rail union, TSSA, has demanded pay rises for white-collar workers that hold tempo with inflation.

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