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ScotRail have confiscated 10,000 tickets and handed out £17,000 in fines to lockdown fare-dodgers in the past few months. The rail firm is cracking down on customers taking advantage of reduced staff numbers during the pandemic to avoid paying the full price of their journey.
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Rail commuters are facing another day of disruption due to adverse weather conditions in Perth and Stirling.
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Scotland's Railway will be withdrawing services on some routes on Tuesday while high winds and extreme rainfall sweeps across the country.
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Rail commuters are experiencing cancellations to services travelling to and from Inverness this morning.
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The Scottish Government paid ScotRail £237.3m more subsidy between March and September last year than the corresponding period of the previous year because of Covid-19. Transport Scotland paid operator Abellio £475.1m during the Emergency Measures Agreement that operated from 1 March to September. This is twice the £237.8 paid to the operator for the corresponding period of 2019.
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ScotRail is going the extra mile to make sure key and essential workers are able to get home after their shifts finish.

Following customer feedback, the train operator is making changes to the reduced timetable introduced earlier this month to reflect a 90 per cent fall in the number of passengers.

The revised timetable, that delivers better value for the taxpayer, is part of ScotRail's strategy to provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Scotland's Railway is continuing to provide a critical service for key workers with the number of trains running on time across the network at an all-time high for this time of year.

New figures show that 94.2 per cent of trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure (PPM) in period 11 (10 January “ 6 February).
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ScotRailhas announced a number of delays amid recent heavy snow and winter conditions.

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It's been a tough old week when it comes to getting from A to B in Scotland.
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Huge clumps of ice have formed underneath trains in Scotland as temperatures across the country reached record lows.
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Damage to various overhead wires have resulted in some train services being disrupted this morning.

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A deep freeze which sent temperatures lower than at any point for 26 years has led to 'challenging' conditions on the rail network.
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A Dunfermline key worker has hit out after his train was cancelled when ScotRail reduced their services at the beginning of the month.
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ScotRail is already going the extra mile to keep safe, people, like key workers, who use the railway for essential travel.

But, the train operator is also helping make Scotlands Railway healthier in general by fighting climate change as we look forward to Novembers COP26 event in Glasgow.
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We may still be in lockdown, but that's no reason not to enjoy a virtual event or two this month!
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Conductors on Scotland's main train operator are to be balloted for industrial action over being paid less than drivers for working on days off.
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When ScotRail engineer Kevin Robertson realised the new lockdown measures were going to make it hard for him to keep on track with his weight-loss programme, he decided to take drastic action.

The 37 year-old from Greenock, who was piling on lockdown pounds, pledged to run five kilometres every day throughout January, which is like running from Glasgow to Edinburgh and back.

Kevin admits his New Year resolution would probably have been derailed if his wife hadn't suggested doing it for a good cause.
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ScotRail will reduce the number of trains running across the country from Monday (1 February) as the train operator continues to revise the critical service being provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ongoing lockdown restrictions in place are severely reducing the number of people travelling, and the changes being made to the timetable reflect the current demand from customers, while delivering better value for the taxpayer.
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Edinburgh Waverley: Ain't nobody here but us pigeons. The empty walkway, in the almost deserted Waverley, seven days into the coronavirus lockdown. Photographed during my daily permitted exercise exeat.
David Panton 30/03/2020

The boss of Scotland's Railways says 'difficult decisions' have to be made to save taxpayer money.
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ScotRail is to operate a reduced service from February, as lockdown has restricted the number of people travelling. This is the second change for ScotRail in recent weeks, after the number of carriages on services were reduced earlier in January, with customer numbers down by almost 90% compared to the same time last year.
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The ongoing lockdown restrictions in place are severely reducing the number of people travelling.
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ScotRail has been recognised as a Top Employer in the United Kingdom for 2021.
The train operating company is one of just 1,600 organisations in 120 countries/regions, across five continents, to be certified by the Top Employers Institute programme.
Being certified as a Top Employer showcases an organisations dedication to a better world of work, and exhibits this through excellent HR policies and people practices.
The programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey.
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A total of 172 ScotRail staff were off work this week due to coronavirus with the train operator among Scottish transport firms worst affected by the pandemic.
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Customers using Scotland's Railway are continuing to benefit from a recent strong performance in the number of trains running on time across the network.
New figures released today show that 93.2 per cent of trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure (PPM) in period ten (13 December to 9 January).
The PPM statistics for the last two periods are the highest since records began in 2000.
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ScotRail will reduce the number of carriages on some services from Monday (18 January) as the train operator continues to provide a critical service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The revised lockdown restrictions announced by the Scottish Government this week have had a further impact on the number of people travelling, and fewer seats are needed to continue running a safe and reliable service.



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While we can't venture outside for fun, enjoy these great events virtually from the comfort of your home.
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Scotland's main train operator could run services with half the normal carriages after passenger numbers fell by 90 per cent.
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Rail bosses have admitted they dont expect passenger numbers to return to pre-pandemic levels as reducing services amid the current lockdown are 'under active consideration'.

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Scotland's main train operator is to further reduce services within weeks after the latest lockdown triggered another fall in passenger numbers, The Scotsman has learned.
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Passengers on Scotland's main train operator will see ticket prices going up by up to 2 per cent less than on other rail firms.
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Rail passengers are being urged to plan their journeys ahead this festive season as timetables will change over New Year.

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ScotRail is set to launch an online video which will show the drivers view of some of Scotlands most breath-taking scenery.
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Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by Covid-19 the train operator is waiving the charge for refunds.
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ScotRail has defended its decision to cut a number of services after concerns over social distancing during a potential 'Christmas travel spike'.
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Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to nationalise Scotland's rail services in a joint letter signed by acoalition of organisations and MSPs.
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Christmas is going to look a little different this year but we'll still be here.
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ScotRail is reminding customers to check their journey before travelling to see which services are affected from Sunday.
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ScotRail's much-loved fleet of Class 380 electric trains is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
Over the last 10 years there have been almost 125 million passenger journeys on the 38 trains which have clocked up nearly 50 million miles from Ayrshire to Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Lothian and beyond.
So, its little wonder ScotRail decided the Class 380s deserved a makeover.
The transformation of the 130 carriages includes new seat upholstery, a paint refresh, the installation of new flooring, and general repairs to tables, bins and handrails.
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Glasgow Central: The Class 380 mock up on display at Glasgow Central Station in May 2009, in what was then then short stay car park. This later became the renumbered platforms 12 and 13.
Colin McDonald 16/05/2009


Drem: A six-car Class 380 pulls into Drem where it will fill the westbound platform. Note the unusual platform lighting: heritage-style Sugg Rochester lanterns on brackets presumably designed to keep clear ...
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Glasgow Central: 380001 stands at Platform 15 and is the rear unit of the terminated 0742 Largs - Glasgow Central. Although now being used in service, the Class 380 continues to have teething problems and the class is ...
Graham Morgan 13/12/2010

This December, Christmas festivities may look a little different. But that doesn't mean you need to scrimp on the fun.
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Christmas is coming early this year for Scottish students, thanks to a massive 50 per cent discount on tickets from Scotlands Railway.
University students will be able to take advantage of half price travel on any off-peak ScotRail service until 24 December.
And, the train operator is getting into the festive spirit even more by simplifying the process of buying the tickets.
All a student needs to do is turn up at a staffed ticket office with their ID, jump on board and head home to their loved ones.
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Scotland's railway has been a success story in recent years, with substantial investment in electrification, infrastructure enhancements and new fleets.
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ScotRail has recognised community rail's unsung heroes at its annual ScotRail in the Community Awards.

The awards thank and celebrate the hard-working volunteers across Scotland's Railway, recognising their contribution to the wider local community and railway. Categories up for grabs this year included Adopt a Station of the Year, Community Involvement Champion, Station Adopter of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution.

With restrictions on people attending live indoor events still in place, this years awards ceremony took place online, hosted by ScotRail's community development manager, Tracy Stephenson.
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The number of people travelling with Scotland's main train operator has dipped to a near-record low of just 9 per cent of normal on some days, The Scotsman has learned.
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Rail campaigners say they remain 'optimistic' that services will return to normal on the Far North Line once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
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People who work on the railways often remark it is like one big family.
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