NEW ScotRail timetable changes set to come into force this weekend (May 19) will add thousands of extra seats for customers, says the train provider.

With more new trains taking to the tracks, bosses have said there are now 115,000 seats more every day than at the start of the franchise.

Announcing the changes to its timetable from Sunday, ScotRail said it will enhance services with the introduction of more high-speed trains and brand-new class 385 electric trains.

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With 20,000 seats being added to services, the total number of weekday seats available for customers is now 625,000 – an increase of 115,000.

The completion of the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts line now provides more improvements with a new hourly service at Breich, and more than 3,500 extra seats on weekdays.

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The rail operator will also withdraw more class 314s from service as part of the continuing process of “delivering a better standard of service for customers.”

Some of the other improvements include:

  • Glasgow to East Kilbride: the first phase of changes on the route with more peak services operating with six carriages, providing more than 1,000 extra seats on weekday services.
  • Glasgow to Barrhead: strengthening of some services to four carriages during peak periods and an extra 3,000 seats on weekdays.
  • West Highland Line: more services added to the West Highland Line on Sundays through the winter period between Glasgow, Fort William and Mallaig.
  • Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts: almost all services operated with electric trains, providing an extra 3,500 seats on weekdays.
  • Glasgow to Lanark: the introduction of new class 385 electric trains on the majority of services.
  • Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High: more 42-minute journeys and an average journey time of just 47 minutes on weekdays.
  • Edinburgh to Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane: all services will be operated by new class 385 electric trains, with faster journey times and 1,500 extra weekday seats.
  • Glasgow to Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane: all services will be operated by 385 electric trains, with faster journey times and 4,000 extra weekday seats.

More timetable changes will be rolled out in December 2019.