Extra train services on the West Highland Line will start later this month – but a rush hour service from Helensburgh Central is being cut.
Scotrail’s new timetable, comes into effect on Monday May 19, will see the number of weekday services between Glasgow and Oban being doubled,
This will mean additional options for commuters and visitors at stations including Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead and Arrochar.
But the shake-up will also see the long-established 07.55 train from Helensburgh Central to Glasgow being axed.
The news comes weeks after a public meeting in Helensburgh to discuss how to make the area thrive heard that better transport links to cities were essential, and that train journeys between the burgh and Glasgow took longer now than they had done 40 years ago.
Scotrail this week said the changes would mean more commercial opportunities for businesses near West Highland Line stations, with an earlier train between Oban and Glasgow in both directions, and a later service from Oban.
At Helensburgh Central, the express will now start one minute earlier, at 07.59, while the current 07.55 train will now start from Dumbarton at 8.07 to ‘provide an opportunity to improve the overall performance of trains in the area’.
A spokeswoman said figures showed most passengers at that time of the morning used the express service rather than the slower 07.55: “The decision was taken after careful consideration and agreed with Transport Scotland as being in the best interests of the majority of customers using these stations.
“We have made some changes to the timetable in order to accommodate the majority of customers using these stations. These changes should also improve the overall performance of our services in the area.”
She added that the express from Helensburgh Central would now call additionally at Dalreoch, and passengers using Helensburgh Central, Craigendoran, Cardross and Dalreoch stations could change at Dumbarton.
The new and current timetables are available at the Scotrail website.