Summer trains back but travel to Glasgow restricted

The summer timetable was restored on the day Glasgow was held in level three.

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A full summer train timetable has been restored between Oban and Glasgow Queen Street but the city remains subject to travel restrictions.

Extended summer services which run until the winter timetable comes into effect in December were back across the West Highland line from Monday.

But because of a high rate of coronavirus cases in Glasgow, the city remains in level three with travel in and out restricted and subject to review on a weekly basis.

On Friday, the Scottish Government decided to keep the restrictions in place for the city.

The West Highland Line

The West Highland line is a vital service calling at key stations including Crianlarich, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig, and connecting to ferries for Skye and the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

And there had been fears earlier this year that a slump in passenger numbers could see some services reduced between the two areas.

ScotRail has said that nearly 2,000 trains a day are now running on the network across Scotland which is an increase of 432 trains compared to February.

A ScotRail spokesperson said of the new timetable: ‘We work with a broad range of stakeholders, including tourism bodies which all support the efforts ScotRail has undertaken to reinstate these important services for the rural economy.’

Of travel between Oban and Glasgow, the spokesperson said: ‘They should ensure they meet the Scottish Government criteria for travel between tiers.

‘They should follow all relevant advice about travelling on public transport, including our own five rules for safer travel.’

Examples of permitted travel include essential shopping for a household or that of a vulnerable person.

Work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, but only where that cannot be done from home. Work includes seeking employment, for example travelling to a job interview.

The full list of reasons to travel is wide-ranging and can be found in the section marked ‘Permitted reasons for travel in Level 3 (Glasgow City and Moray)’ on the Scottish Government website or https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-travel-and-transport/

To download a copy of the summer timetable for the West Highland line, visit https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/timetables-and-routes

The new timetable