TRAIN services are set to return to near normality starting from next week.

More than 90 per cent of ScotRail services will operate from Monday next week with normal early morning, late night, and peak services on all routes.

One hundred per cent of normal capacity will be provided during peak travel hours, although many seats will need to remain empty to maintain physical distancing.

The increase in services comes ahead of the expected reopening of schools on August 11.

The suspension of driver training during lockdown, due to physical distancing rules making itimpossible for two people to sit in the driver’s cab at the same time, means it’s not yet possible for a full service to operate.

David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said: “Thanks to the hard work of staff across Scotland’s Railway, we’ll operate as close to a normal timetable as possible from Monday, August 3. We continue to face challenges caused by coronavirus, but we will have every available train in service from August 3.

“We do need everybody to continue taking personal responsibility for their travel choices, because physical distancing can’t be guaranteed.

“Customers who do travel with ScotRail should follow our five rules for safer travel, including the wearing of a face covering.”