No more early train to Glasgow

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ScotRail’s new emergency timetable means Oban passengers can no longer get into Glasgow earlier than just before noon on weekdays.

Wiping the 5.21am Monday to Friday train off the timetable from May 23 is one of many countrywide changes being brought in temporarily so remaining services can be more reliable for customers, says ScotRail.

For now the earliest train out of Oban to Glasgow during the week is the 8.57am, arriving at its destination three hours later.

The rail service provider said it needed to introduce a temporary timetable at short notice to tackle an unacceptable number of cancellations and that every effort was being made to protect the services used most by key workers, and those generally busiest on routes across Scotland. Reviews will be regularly made and improvements made if possible.

ScotRail blames the changes on a significant number of drivers ‘declining to make themselves available for overtime or rest day working’, after drivers’ union ASLEF announced it will ballot for industrial action over pay.

You can see the new timetable online at

ScotRail is still working on temporary timetables for Saturdays, which will be broadly similar to the Monday to Friday timetable, as well as timetables for Sundays, which will be announced in the coming days.