The Friends are delighted to see yet another winter Sunday service enhancement on the West Highland Lines, with the announcement from ScotRail that the (Sundays) 0956 Glasgow-Oban and 1611 Oban-Glasgow will run all year round starting from the new timetable on 13 December. Previously it was a summer season working only.
This hugely welcome news means that Oban will now have three trains a day on Sundays throughout the year. It is tha latest of several vast timetable improvements on the Oban line, starting in May 2014 when the service from Glasgow was doubled to six trains per day, plus an extra Oban-Dalmally and return ‘schools’ service was added. Following that, the 1211 ex-Oban and 1218 ex-Glasgow were adopted for the winter timetable for the first time. All these services have proved very popular with travellers, being very well-used, so the latest development will no doubt be a big boost for people staying along the line; 50 years after the closure of the original section of route out to Callander.
The Friends are continuing to campaign for a better Fort William-Mallaig Sunday service throughout the winter too; currently there is just one train a day in each direction.