ScotRail is cutting back its services during January as Covid-related absences are causing staff shortages.
Absences have already led to some trains being cancelled in the run-up to Christmas and the rail operator has now altered its timetable between January 4 and 28.
The changes mainly affect services which would normally run between Mondays and Friday in the central belt.
Services are being withdrawn or amended from 12 routes at various times in the day.
Our timetable is changing between 4 & 28 January 2022. We have colleagues absent due to COVID-19 and we want to give customers some certainty about which trains are running. The alterations are mainly in the Central Belt, but everyone should check their journey before travelling.
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Passengers have been asked to check the status of their journey before they head to the station.
ScotRail operations director David Simpson said:â¯ “Like most businesses, ScotRail is not immune to the impact of coronavirus.
“We’ve beenâ¯working flat out to run a safe and reliable railway inâ¯reallyâ¯difficultâ¯and rapidly changing circumstances.
“As we continue to battle against the impact of coronavirus, we want to provide customers with a level of certainty,â¯which is why we are introducing some temporary changes to our timetable from Tuesday, January 4 until Friday, January 28 2022.
“We’veâ¯looked to spread these changes out across the day where possible to minimise the impact on our customers, but peopleâ¯should plan ahead and continue to check the train times right up until they arrive at the station.
“We urge anyone travellingâ¯with usâ¯to stay safe and continue to follow government guidance.
“This includes maintaining good hand hygiene and wearing a face covering for your entire journey.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We continue to work closely with rail industry colleagues to consider how best a predictable and robust service can be delivered while still providing the needed capacity during what continues to be a challenging period.
“We also agree with Transport Focus that these temporary changes are in the best interests of passengers.
“ScotRail is deploying a range of communications to ensure customers are kept up to date with the situation and is advising passengers to check their journey before they travel.”