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Winter timetable brings more trains in Aberdeen area

Winter timetable brings more trains in Aberdeen area

24 November 2005

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Winter timetable brings more trains in Aberdeen area

24 November 2005

First ScotRail is giving customers in the Aberdeen area an early Christmas present in its winter timetable launch.

The timetable, effective from Monday 12 December, includes service enhancements across Scotland.

In Aberdeenshire, the improvements are considerable with nine additional services operating between Aberdeen and Inverurie.

Two lunchtime services will operate from Monday to Saturday from Aberdeen to Inverurie with a late night service departing Aberdeen for Inverurie at 22.50 - 55 minutes later than the current last train.

Three more services will operate Monday-Saturday between Inverurie and Aberdeen, two over lunchtime and a late train at 21.28.

On Saturdays, there will also be an early morning service in each direction and an extra evening service from Aberdeen to Inverurie at 20.50.

The current 18.10 service between Edinburgh and Dyce, which runs Monday to Friday, will now be extended to Inverurie.

Peter Cockhead, NESTRANS Co-ordinator, welcomed the additional trains. He said; "This extremely welcome timetable enhancement offers additional rail travel opportunities between Inverurie and Aberdeen and other destinations on the rail network, and will help to demonstrate the potential benefits of the proposed Aberdeen Crossrail service, which is currently being Investigated by NESTRANS, with support from the Scottish Executive and the rail industry."

Mary Dickson, First ScotRail's managing director, said: "First ScotRail is confident that these enhancements will have a positive effect on the quality of service we provide for our customers."

She added: "We are committed to delivering a safe, punctual and reliable railway for Scotland's travelling public. We have already reduced our delays by 20% within the first year of the franchise, and will continue to drive improvements across the network."

New timetable leaflets, which feature an easy to follow colour coding system, are now available at stations. For further information visit the First ScotRail website: www.firstscotrail.com

Media enquiries:
Lally Wilks, First ScotRail Tel: 0141 335 4788
If calling out of hours please contact the main switchboard on 08700 00 51 51 and ask for the duty on-call First ScotRail Press Officer.
www.firstscotrail.com
NOTES TO EDITORS:
* The complete service timetable enhancements are as follows -

* 12.38 Aberdeen to Inverurie operating Monday to Saturday
* 13.08 Inverurie to Aberdeen operating Monday to Saturday
* 14.11 Aberdeen to Inverurie operating Monday to Saturday
* 14.42 Inverurie to Aberdeen operating Monday to Saturday
* 18.10 Edinburgh to Dyce extended to Inverurie operating Monday to Friday
* 21.28 Inverurie to Aberdeen operating Monday to Saturday
* 22.50 Aberdeen to Inverurie operating Monday to Saturday
* 07.52 Aberdeen to Inverurie operating on Saturdays only
* 08.40 Inverurie to Aberdeen operating on Saturdays only
* 20.50 Aberdeen to Inverurie operating on Saturdays only

* The First ScotRail franchise officially commenced at 2am on Sunday 17 October 2004.

* First ScotRail is investing £40 million in improving rail journeys for passengers. We are committed to increasing quality and capacity on key services, delivering an enhanced maintenance programme to improve service reliability, improving passenger information through increased provision of CCTV and passenger information systems and improving revenue protection with new ticket inspectors and additional ticket purchasing opportunities.

* The Scottish franchise is one of the largest in the UK with more than 3000 kilometres of track, 650,000 train journeys a year and 337 stations.

* FirstGroup plc is a UK based international transport company with a turnover of nearly £2.7 billion a year, and some 67,000 employees throughout the UK and North America. First is a major force in UK railways, operating First Great Western, First Great Western Link and First TransPennine Express rail franchises. The group also operates Hull Trains and GB Railfreight.