ScotRail has reintroduced its full timetable today after months of reduced services in East Renfrewshire caused by a dispute over pay for drivers.

The recently nationalised rail operator cut hundreds of services in May amid a staff shortage and drivers refusing to work on rest days.

Following negotiations, members of the union Aslef agreed to accept ScotRail’s improved pay offer last week.

David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, told how it had been a “challenging few months”, with travellers impacted by the reduced services. He said: “We are delighted to be able to reintroduce the timetable, adding almost 700 services each day, and delivering the service that our customers expect and deserve.

“It has been a very challenging few months, impacting those across the country who rely on rail travel and on our staff too.

“It is a big step forward to reach such a positive resolution and continue in our efforts to provide the safest, greenest, and most reliable railway we can.

“We thank customers for their patience through this period.”

Transport Scotland said it welcomed the reintroduction of the full timetable, with a spokesperson adding: “ We know this has been a challenging time for many passengers, businesses and communities and thank those affected for their patience .”

While ScotRail is restoring services, train travellers in Scotland still face further disruption as other rail workers plan industrial action.

Network Rail workers are to walk out for 24 hours on Wednesday, July 27. During similar action last month, ScotRail could only run reduced services on five lines in the central belt.

Meanwhile LNER, which runs cross-border services between Scotland and London, is one of eight rail companies where workers are taking action on Saturday, July 30.