More peak time seats on town’s railway line
Commuters on the East Kilbride to Glasgow line are to benefit from additional seats at peak times.
And the announcement from ScotRail has been welcomed by Graham Simpson MSP.
The move means the majority of trains to and from East Kilbride will have six carriages and 436 seats. But it won’t come into effect until May.
Additional Class 156 trains will be provided on the service during the morning and evening, and comes on the back of “significant passenger growth” in recent years on the line.
ScotRail’s head of business development, Scott Prentice, said: “This is a fantastic boost for customers in South Lanarkshire.
“This is the first phase of the larger Scottish government project to enhance the railway to East Kilbride and Barrhead.
“These routes are showing continual growth and I’m delighted we will be able to make such significant improvements for our customers.”
More than three million customers travelled on the East Kilbride route last year – an increase of 900,000 passengers in nine years
The additional seating has been made possible thanks to Transport Scotland, who supported the improvements with additional funding.
The rail operators made the announcement last week amid protests over fare increases.
It also came on the back of significant travel disruption across the network because of engineering works over the festive period.
Mr Simpson welcomed the news, saying: “The next step is to see the line made twin-track throughout and hopefully electrified.
“Much, much better parking is also required as the town expands if we want people to use the train.”
The extra seats will be introduced when the electrification projects across the Central Belt are completed – at that time, ScotRail will have received enough of its brand-new Hitachi Class 385 trains, freeing up existing rolling stock.
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