Today

3:22 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Bournemouth boss backs Simpson as Gerrard finally gets his man

Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has said that Jack Simpson has an opportunity to show his potential when he moves to Rangers, and revealed that Steven Gerrard tried to sign the defender on loan last year. Rangers have announced that Simpson...

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2:57 pm   |   POLITICS

Budget: Scots to pay less tax and salary rise for public sector

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 09: Kate Forbes, MSP Finance Secretary gives a ministerial statement in response to the Chancellors summer economic update at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood on July 9, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Fraser Bremner - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

All Scots taxpayers will pay slightly less this year than last year, finance secretary Kate Forbes has said. In her latest budget announcement to the Scottish Parliament, Forbes said Scotland’s tax band system will remain unchanged. The starter, basic and...

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1:41 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Man rescued from water after car plunges into harbour

A man has been rescued from the water after the car he was in plunged into Nairn harbour. Coastguard rescue teams, firefighters and police were called to the scene in the Highland town at about 11am on Wednesday. HM Coastguard...

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1:22 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Two deaths reported to Crown and 85 Covid cases at care home

A major coronavirus outbreak at a care home in Aberdeen has seen 85 cases and two deaths confirmed Grandholm Care Home, in Bridge of Don, first detected the virus on January 8. Following mass testing, the majority of the other...

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1:06 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Leitch: Covid vaccine passport system likely in future

Vaccine.

A coronavirus vaccine passport system is likely to be introduced in future, Scotland's national clinical director has said, though he urged caution around the level of protection jabs offer. Professor Jason Leitch said vaccine passports are an "interesting concept", after...

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12:59 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Hospital staff ‘overwhelmed’ by workload and illness

Nurses feel overwhelmed by the workload, trying to prevent infection and battling coronavirus itself, frontline workers have warned. Claire McPake, the senior charge nurse for the Acute Medical Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, said that although staff...

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12:47 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Further 82 coronavirus deaths reported in Scotland

Coronavirus.

A further 82 people have died in Scotland after being diagnosed with coronavirus. On Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that the total number of deaths now stands at 5970. The total number of confirmed cases of the virus...

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12:00 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Ross County sign Motherwell forward Jordan White

Ross County have signed striker Jordan White on a contract until the end of the season. The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle forward has agreed the short-term deal and leaves Motherwell to head north. White, who has also played for Livingston,...

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11:42 am   |   POLITICS

Prime Minister visits Scots hospital and vaccination centre

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Scotland to emphasise the importance of the union in fighting coronavirus. Johnson visited the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Lighthouse Laboratory testing centre in Glasgow on Thursday morning. He also met Army troops setting...

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11:10 am   |   SCOTLAND

Everything you need to know about vaccine being made in Scotland

A patient is given a vaccination

Large-scale manufacturing of a coronavirus vaccine candidate from French biotech company Valneva has begun in Scotland. If approved, it would deliver up to 60 million doses to the UK by the end of this year. Here is everything you need...

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10:28 am   |   FOOTBALL

Rangers sign Bournemouth’s Jack Simpson on pre-contract deal

Rangers have announced the signing of Bournemouth's Jack Simpson on a pre-contract deal. Simpson will move to Ibrox this summer when his current deal with the Cherries expires. Sporting director Ross Wilson said Rangers had beaten a number of other...

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10:09 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Fresh appeal to release Scottish Sikh jailed in India

A charity has appealed to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to secure the immediate release of a Scottish Sikh who has been held in India without trial for more than three years. Jagtar Singh Johal, 33, was arrested on November 4, 2017,...

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9:32 am   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS VIDEO

An ice day for a dip with your dog in a freezing loch

Scott J MacLucas-Paton went ice swimming at The Old Man Of Storr

If ice swimming is your thing, then it's the perfect time of year for a dip. And it probably helps to distract from the freeze if you have breathtaking views of Skye to enjoy. Scott J MacLucas-Paton had no qualms...

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8:55 am   |   SCOTLAND

Potential Covid vaccine begins manufacturing in Scotland

Coronavirus, vaccine.

Large-scale manufacturing of a potential coronavirus vaccine which could deliver up to 60 million doses this year has begun in Scotland. Clinical trials are still ongoing for the Valneva vaccine but manufacturing has started at the French biotech company’s site...

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8:36 am   |   POLITICS

Sturgeon: Transphobia should be treated with zero tolerance

The First Minister has said transphobia should be treated with zero tolerance in the same way as racism or homophobia. Nicola Sturgeon posted about the issue on Twitter, saying that “on some days silence is not an option” after hearing...

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7:57 am   |   SCOTLAND

Heavy snow expected as two yellow weather warnings issued

Snow

Scots are set to wake up to wintry weather conditions as two weather warnings for snow have been put in place.  On Thursday, the Met Office issued two yellow alerts for snow across the country. A warning was put in...

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6:38 am   |   SCOTLAND

Health workers ‘struggling to cope’ with Covid-19 crisis

Coronavirus, hospital, doctors.

Health workers are struggling to cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis, suffering severe mental health problems such as panic attacks and having sleepless nights, new research suggests. Unison called for free 24-hour helplines and other measures to help...

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6:37 am   |   POLITICS

PM talks up union’s role in tackling Covid before Scotland trip

Boris Johnson will use a visit to Scotland to argue that the union has been integral in administering the coronavirus vaccine, providing Covid testing and giving economic support north of the border during the pandemic. The Prime Minister has spoken...

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6:36 am   |   POLITICS

Forbes to outline ‘most important Budget since devolution’

Kate Forbes

The Scottish Government’s latest Budget will be the “most important in the history of devolution”, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has said. As Scotland wrestles with the coronavirus pandemic and forecasted downturns caused by Brexit, Forbes will outline her spending pledges...

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6:34 am   |   SCOTLAND FEATURE

Reassuring the BAME community that Covid vaccine is safe

By Ewan Petrie and Kevin Scott Sir Geoff Palmer rolls up his sleeve without hesitation and leans his arm out of the car window - ready to receive the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. It is a significant moment...

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Yesterday

10:50 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Rangers match-winner Morelos ‘shouldn’t have been on the pitch’

Jack Ross insists Alfredo Morelos should have been sent off before he got the chance to fire Rangers another step closer to the title at Easter Road. The Colombian slotted home his 11th goal of the season just after half-time...

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10:46 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Neil Lennon tells Vasilis Barkas to improve after keeper axed

Neil Lennon told Vasilis Barkas he needs to improve on several fronts after the Greece keeper was dropped for Celtic's 2-0 win over Hamilton at Parkhead. The 26-year-old signed for a reported fee of #5million in the summer from AEK...

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10:23 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Livingston make it 12 games unbeaten with win over Kilmarnock

A late double salvo proved enough to secure Livingston a 2-0 triumph over Kilmarnock and extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches. A stodgy encounter appeared destined to end in stalemate until 20-year-old Jaze Kabia, a January...

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10:09 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Celtic beat Hamilton for first win in five Premiership games

Celtic returned to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hamilton at Parkhead. After four Scottish Premiership games without a win for the first time since 2000, the Hoops looked a bit more like their old selves against the...

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10:03 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Morelos scores winner as Rangers move closer to securing title

Alfredo Morelos left his mark on Hibernian in more ways than one as the striker fired Rangers another huge step closer to the title after a 1-0 win at Easter Road. The Colombian could easily have been sent off inside...

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9:52 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Alexander says Motherwell deserved win at Ross County

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander was particularly pleased with the mental resilience his side showed in their 2-1 win at Ross County. The Steelmen went behind early on thanks to an Oli Shaw strike, but rallied in the second half and...

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9:46 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Goodwin hails St Mirren for bouncing back strongly

Jim Goodwin lavished praise on his St Mirren players for bouncing back strongly from their Betfred Cup semi-final disappointment to thrash Dundee United 5-1. St Mirren had lost 1-0 to Livingston at Hampden but ran riot at Tannadice. The Buddies...

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9:42 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Dons boss McInnes happy with Rangers-bound Wright’s commitment

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes declared Scott Wright's performance "fully committed" after the Ibrox-bound attacker started in a goalless draw against St Johnstone. Wright completed a pre-contract deal with Rangers on Monday but McInnes had no qualms keeping the 23-year-old in...

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8:28 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Aberdeen fail to fire in goalless draw at St Johnstone

Ibrox-bound Scott Wright started for Aberdeen against St Johnstone but neither he nor anyone else at McDiarmid Park could supply the inspiration in a goalless draw. Wright retained his place two days after completing a pre-contract deal with Rangers and...

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8:15 pm   |   FOOTBALL

McGrath nets twice as five-star St Mirren return to winning ways

St Mirren returned to winning ways in style by putting five goals past Dundee United at Tannadice. The Buddies had been bitterly disappointed to lose their Betfred Cup semi-final with Livingston on Sunday but a vital 5-1 Premiership victory went...

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8:07 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Motherwell come from behind to win 2-1 at Ross County

Motherwell came from behind to claim all three points for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Ross County. Second-half goals from Devante Cole and Bevis Mugabi saw the Steelmen leapfrog County in the Scottish...

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7:07 pm   |   POLITICS

Holyrood rejects criticism of IndyRef2 planning during Covid

The Scottish Parliament has backed the idea of planning another independence referendum despite accusations it is “reckless and damaging” to do so during the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish Conservatives said the SNP’s recent announcement of an independence taskforce and a...

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6:12 pm   |   POLITICS

Greater scrutiny needed over pandemic contracts, MPs hear

Public contracts appear to be being handed out “like sweeties to people with friends in high places”, MPs have heard. Raising the issue in Parliament, SNP MP Owen Thompson said that lucrative contracts have been given to firms with little...

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5:46 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Jeremie Frimpong leaves Celtic for Bayer Leverkusen

Jeremie Frimpong has completed his move to Bayer Leverkusen, leaving Celtic to join the Bundesliga side. The 20-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Bayer, who have paid in excess of £10m for his services. The right-back had left Scotland...

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5:24 pm   |   POLITICS

Sturgeon: Quarantine hotel plans do not go far enough

Nicola Sturgeon has said the Prime Minister's plans for some travellers to quarantine after arriving in the UK do not go far enough. Boris Johnson has set out measures to prevent the arrival of new strains of coronavirus into the...

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5:23 pm   |   SCOTLAND

‘Bring in hotel isolation in the UK to help manage Covid’

For the past six days, Emma Fenton-Wells has been living in a hotel in New Zealand.  Having worked in London for the past five years, the 29-year-old was made redundant from her job in events due to the pandemic and...

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4:42 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Snow to sweep across country as temperatures as low as -15

Many parts of Scotland are set to see a fresh blanket of snow over the next few days. Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders and South Lanarkshire are likely to see a few centimetres of snow at higher levels by Thursday...

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3:24 pm   |   POLITICS

Doomsday Clock remains closest it has ever been

The Doomsday Clock has remained at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been set to catastrophe. Formed in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the...

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3:05 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Man who died in car crash was about to get married

A 29-year-old man who died following a road crash in Aberdeenshire was about to get married, his relatives said on Wednesday. The family of Darren Inglis, from Mintlaw, said his "life was his soulmate, Sophie", who he was due to...

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1:58 pm   |   POLITICS

Sturgeon: Boris Johnson is welcome in Scotland any time

Nicola Sturgeon has said Boris Johnson is welcome in Scotland any time, but has questioned his plans to travel north of the border during a global pandemic. The Prime Minister is expected to arrive in Scotland on Thursday and will...

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1:13 pm   |   POLITICS

‘Don’t book holidays’: FM warns against overseas travel

A woman waits for passenger arrivals at Birmingham Airport on July 27, 2020 in Birmingham, England. On Sunday the British government, concerned by a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain, reimposed a requirement for travelers returning from that country to self-isolate for 14 days. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The First Minister has reiterated UK Government advice not to travel overseas except for "absolutely essential purposes". At the daily briefing on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon said she knew talk of travel restrictions is "tough to hear" but that it was...

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12:58 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Pet owner jailed after starving dog found in filthy home

Rocco was found to be underweight and dehydrated.

A man has been jailed for the neglect of his dog who was found malnourished and living in a filthy home. Steven Goddard, 29, has been sentenced to 40 days’ imprisonment and disqualified from owning a dog for eight years...

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12:28 pm   |   POLITICS

Coronavirus: More than 600 deaths recorded since last week

Coronavirus.

More than 600 deaths linked to coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland since last week. At the Scottish Government’s briefing on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a further 92 people have died after being diagnosed with Covid-19. That takes the number...

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12:09 pm   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Edinburgh International Book Festival moving to new venue

General view of Edinburgh skyline

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is set to move to a new venue this year as it adapts to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival will take place in the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Edinburgh College of Art on...

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12:03 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Arrest made six years after man found fatally injured

An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a man found seriously injured more than six years ago. Robert Parks was found seriously hurt inside an address in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, on May 3, 2014, and died in...

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11:58 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Trainee nurse and ‘devoted’ mum dies from coronavirus

A trainee nurse who was caring for others during the pandemic has passed away from coronavirus leaving behind two young children. Naggayi Angella, known as Grace, died on Monday, January 25, having been in a coma for two weeks. Originally...

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11:45 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Dundee United fans group votes to give £100k to club

Members of a Dundee United supporters group voted overwhelmingly to financially support the football club to the tune of £100k. The team announced the result of the Dundee United Supporters' Foundation ballot which will see £60k transferred to the club...

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11:00 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Amazon bosses confirm coronavirus outbreak at depot

Amazon bosses have confirmed an outbreak of coronavirus at a depot in West Lothian. Around six delivery contractors who work at the tech giant’s plant in Bathgate have tested positive in the last week. Another 24 other members of staff...

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10:10 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Tesco worker dies amid coronavirus outbreak at store

Tesco Extra, Maryhill.

A Tesco worker has died from coronavirus amid an outbreak at a Glasgow store. The supermarket chain said it is supporting the man’s colleagues at the Tesco Extra in Maryhill “at this difficult time”. The firm also said “thoughts” are...

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10:06 am   |   SCOTLAND

Be vigilant: Warning over Covid vaccine scam emails

A warning has been issued to the public after scammers sent out fake invitations for the coronavirus vaccine.  NHS Scotland’s Counter Fraud Services said scam emails include a link to register for the vaccine, however no registration is required for...

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9:17 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Appeal for witnesses after driver dies in A90 road crash

A90.

A man has died following a crash on the A90 in Aberdeenshire. Emergency services were alerted to the one-vehicle smash at around 7.40am on Tuesday. The 29-year-old driver was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, but was pronounced dead a short...

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8:51 am   |   SCOTLAND

More than 120 mobile phone masts to be built in Scotland

Mobile phone mast, PA Media.

More than 120 mobile phone masts will be built in Scotland to improve coverage in rural areas. The 124 masts will be constructed in a partnership by O2, Three and Vodafone in areas including Orkney, the Cairngorms and the Borders....

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8:14 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Abattoir forced to close after coronavirus outbreak

DUNFERMLINE, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: Cameron Hospital Test Centre during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on May 27, 2020, in Dunfermline, Scotland.

An abattoir in Angus has been forced to close following an outbreak of coronavirus. Quality Pork Processors (QPP) shut down operations on Saturday after 19 Covid cases were linked to its Brechin factory last week. On Tuesday, NHS Tayside confirmed...

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7:14 am   |   POLITICS

Coronavirus: What have we learned in the last year?

Coronavirus.

This week marks a year since the first coronavirus cases were reported in the UK and the anniversary of the first known death in the country. So how much have we learned in the last 12 months? What is Covid-19?...

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6:59 am   |   POLITICS

PM ‘deeply sorry’ but expert warns UK could see 50,000 more deaths

Doctor, coronavirus.

The UK could see another 50,000 deaths from coronavirus, a scientist advising the Government has warned, as the Prime Minister said he was “deeply sorry” for every life lost. Boris Johnson insisted he takes “full responsibility” for the response to...

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6:41 am   |   POLITICS

Construction halted on Covid testing megalab in Scotland

Coronavirus tests, PA Media

Construction of a Covid-19 testing megalab is to be halted, the UK Government has announced. In November, the Government announced that a new megalab was being constructed in Scotland, with an expectation that it would be operational in early 2021....

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6:20 am   |   SCOTLAND OPINION

Pass the Mic: Giving women of colour a voice above the noise

Cropped shot of a young woman holding a megaphone while posing against a blue background.

Becoming a person called on by journalists to give my take on politics or issues around inequality was never a role I set out to have, it was never a career ambition.  In fact, when the calls first started I...

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6:18 am   |   POLITICS

Government urged ‘focus on vaccine rollout, not indyref2’

The Scottish Government should focus on the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine instead of independence, the Scottish Tories will say in a Holyrood debate. A motion lodged by the party ahead of a debate on Wednesday urges the Scottish Government...

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6:17 am   |   SCOTLAND

Donors sought to save Scotland’s rare rainforests

Donors are being sought to halt the loss of Scotland’s rare rainforests. The Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest – a voluntary partnership of 21 organisations and public bodies – has released a video to promote its aim of seeking to turn...

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6:16 am   |   SCOTLAND

ScotRail to run reduced service as passenger numbers slump

ScotRail.

ScotRail is to operate a reduced service from February, as lockdown has restricted the number of people travelling. From Monday February 1, the operator will change its timetable, reducing the number of services operating after Covid-19 restrictions lessened the number...

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