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1 October 2009

Glasgow commuters benefit from new morning Neilston service

A new early morning service between Neilston and Glasgow will be introduced as part of the new winter timetable announced by Transport Scotland.

The new timetable introduces additional services from Sunday 13 December, bringing benefits to thousands of passengers across Scotland.

Operated by ScotRail, the new Monday-Saturday service will allow commuters to travel from Neilston and arrive at Glasgow Central before 0700, allowing earlier connections to Edinburgh and the wider rail network.

Currently, the first service from Neilston departs at 0656 with an arrival at Glasgow Central at 0724. From December, the first service departs Neilston at 0630 and arrives in Glasgow at 0659.

Other services introduced as part of the winter timetable change include a new hourly fast service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Shotts, a new half hourly service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock, earlier morning services from Ayr and Gourock to Glasgow and the introduction of an early morning Dumfries to Glasgow and late evening Glasgow to Dumfries services.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

"These new services demonstrate we are committed to investing in Scotland’s public transport infrastructure and creating the infrastructure necessary to promote sustainable economic growth.

"We are working hard to ensure communities across Scotland can benefit from access to the rail network and are investing significantly in extending services – both in terms of expanding infrastructure and plugging gaps in the timetable.

"We have attempted to strike the correct balance between enhancing connectivity and improving journey times and we believe these changes being introduced in December will mean even more people will have the opportunity to make the switch to public transport."

Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of ScotRail said:

"I welcome these widespread enhancements, with the number of services increased and also changes to improve connections.

"These improvements will bring many benefits to our growing number of customers."
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