SCOTRAIL has confirmed that its normal timetable will soon be reintroduced after months of reduced services caused by a dispute over pay for drivers.

The recently nationalised rail operator cut hundreds 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 5% pay offer this week – meaning an end to disruption.

From Wednesday, July 20, hundreds of services will be brought back and the temporary timetable brought to an end.

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ScotRail said work is under way to ensure that the timetable can be fully restored with nearly 700 services, and planning staff are working flat out to carry out the changes required.

David Simpson, ScotRail Service delivery director, 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.

The National:

“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.”