Date lodged: 11 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with ScotRail regarding any plans to increase the frequency of rail services between Inverness and Elgin.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 20 December 2018
ScotRail's December 2018 timetable change introduced 9 additional services between Inverness and Elgin, delivering a near hourly all day service for Nairn, Forres and Elgin.
By the end of 2019, in conjunction with ScotRail's new trains, Revolution in Rail will deliver the following changes between Elgin and Inverness:
- an hourly service between Inverness and Elgin, providing 1,300 seats each day;
- high speed trains between Aberdeen and Inverness, providing 1,400 additional seats each day; and
- more through services between Inverness and the central belt via Aberdeen.