New train carriages to be formally introduced on May 19th

ScotRail bosses have confirmed with Jackson Carlaw MSP and Paul Masterton MP that new carriages on East Renfrewshire train routes will be formally introduced on May 19th.


In the early months of 2019, it was announced that on peak train services on the Glasgow to East Kilbride line would increase from four to six carriages in May and provide more than 1,000 additional seats on weekday services.


The Glasgow to Barrhead train route will now offer more four carriage trains for on peak services and provide an extra 3,000 seats on weekday services.


The Glasgow to East Kilbride train route services stops at Thornliebank, Giffnock, Clarkston and Busby stations in Mr Carlaw’s Eastwood and Mr Masterton’s East Renfrewshire constituencies.


Jackson Carlaw MSP said:


“Many constituents have contacted me about the problems of overcrowding and too few carriages being provided on local train services.


“It is a good news story that the firm date of May 19th has now been confirmed by ScotRail for the introduction of the additional carriages.


“Both Paul and I made direct representations to ScotRail over the need for additional capacity on local train services and we will be monitoring the effectiveness of the new carriages.”


Paul Masterton MP added:


“People living in East Renfrewshire rightly expect the highest standards of train services and on too many occasions in recent times, this has not been the case.


“Greater action has been needed to address the various problems experienced by passengers and to improve the train routes servicing stations in East Renfrewshire.


“I am pleased ScotRail have responded to the concerns we raised with them and the enhanced train capacity on both the Barrhead and East Kilbride lines is a welcome development.