ScotRail trials school train for Oban High School pupils

Oban railway station

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ScotRail is to trial a dedicated school train to meet the needs of students needing to stay safe from Covid.

The special service, complying with the Scottish Government’s guidelines on managing Covid-19, will run for four weeks seeing the 08.35 arrival to Oban from Dalmally and 16.11 departure from Oban to Dalmally for high school pupils. They must wear face coverings at the stations and on the train.

Anyone else from Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry stations will be  transported by bus.

Scott Prentice, ScotRail Head of Business Development, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to support local pupils to travel safely to school. We’ve worked closely with Argyll and Bute Council and the High School so that we meet the needs of parents and students.

‘While a small number of customers may have to alter their journeys, it’s important that we support the safer return of pupils to school, which is a priority for the local community.’

Head Teacher at Oban High School Peter Bain  said: ‘We are extremely grateful for our very positive partnership with ScotRail. Working together we are able to ensure we provide a safe, comfortable and efficient service that allows all our children to attend our school each day.’