PASSENGERS are reminded there will be temporary changes to an East Renfrewshire rail route this week.

Due to the surge of the Omicron variant, ScotRail has seen a spike of Covid-related absences among staff, leading to a number of services, including those on Neilston’s train line, being amended or cancelled.

ScotRail is reminding customers that it will make temporary changes to its timetable from Tuesday, January 4, due to the continued impact of coronavirus.  

The timetable changes will be in place on weekdays until Friday, January 28. 

David Simpson, ScotRail's operations director, said: “Like most businesses, ScotRail is not immune to the impact of coronavirus. We’ve been working flat out to run a safe and reliable railway in really difficult and rapidly changing circumstances. 

“As we continue to battle against the impact of coronavirus, we want to provide customers with a level of certainty, which is why we are introducing some temporary changes to our timetable.

“We’ve looked to spread these changes out across the day where possible to minimise the impact on our customers but people should plan ahead and continue to check the train times right up until they arrive at the station.

“We urge anyone travelling with us to stay safe and continue to follow government guidance. This includes maintaining good hand hygiene and wearing a face covering for your entire journey.”

ScotRail will continue to review staff absence levels over the coming weeks in the event of a further spike in cases.

Customers are asked to check their journeys via the ScotRail app or website before they travel.

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