Busy trains in spot­light

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A train that calls at Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and New­ton has been named as one of Scot­land’s 10 busiest ser­vices.

How­ever, the route is at its busiest be­fore it ar­rives in the area.

The 8.18am from Dal­muir to Larkhall was placed 10th on the list.

De­spite only hav­ing room for 281 pas­sen­gers, 305 have been counted be­tween An­nies­land and Glas­gow Cen­tral.

The news will shock cramped com­muters who em­bark at Ruther­glen and strug­gle to find a seat.

It is un­der­stood only jour­neys of over 10 min­utes are counted, mean­ing Ruther­glen to Glas­gow Cen­tral would not be con­sid­ered.

Trans­port sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf said: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is de­liv­er­ing the most am­bi­tious pro­gramme of rail in­vest­ment ever seen in Scot­land, com­mit­ting over £ 5bil­lion across the cur­rent fund­ing pe­riod.”

How­ever, Glas­gow MSP James Kelly said: “Th­ese lat­est fig­ures will not be of much sur­prise to any­one who has got the train from Ruther­glen to Cam­bus­lang at peak time.

“De­spite re­peated prom­ises from the SNP gov­ern­ment, there has been no im­prove­ment in ScotRail’s per­for­mance. Lo­cal pas­sen­gers are pay­ing through the nose for a patchy and un­re­li­able ser­vice.”

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