TRAIN services to and from Alloa will start terminating in the early evening, as ScotRail announces a new timetable in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Monday, March 23, the last train from Alloa to Glasgow Queen Street will leave at 7.44pm, with the last train home to the Wee County from Glasgow leaving at7.50pm.

ScotRail is among the many businesses where staff shortages have been reported, with officials also admitting they are adapting to changing customer demand.

Transport chiefs say the changes have been made with key workers in mind and it has been argued that "reducing the number of trains in service creates opportunities for additional cleaning activities on trains, and in depots, and allows more targeted cleaning at stations".

Furthermore, according to ScotRail, a revised timetable also accommodates "infrastructure changes" and will allow for "safety-critical roles to be performed across the country".

David Simpson, operations director at ScotRail, said: "We are facing an unprecedented challenge on Scotland's Railway and the revised timetable will help to provide a critical service for the key workers across the country.

"Our own people are absolutely committed and are working flat out on the frontline to help keep the country moving, while also keeping themselves and customers safe.

"The railway has an important role to play during this crisis and we will work closely with the Scottish Government to do all we can as the situation develops."

ScotRail insists that the service level will deliver "more than enough seats to meet the current demand levels".

The timetable will be kept under regular review to react to any further developments.

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