TRAIN punctuality has reached its highest level for almost three years during the coronavirus pandemic.

ScotRail are working to provide services for key workers and during March have been faced with making two timetable alterations.

The figures for the most recent period of performance (March 1-31) show that 92.3 per cent of trains met the rail industry standard Public Performance Measure (PPM).

This is the highest PPM for a single period since August 2017.

It means the PPM MAA (Moving Annual Average), a key performance target for the Scottish Government, has returned to 88.5 per cent – increasing from 88.2 per cent.

Alex Hynes, managing director of ScotRail, said: “During this unprecedented time, Scotland’s railway is delivering an absolutely critical service to keep the key workers moving across the country.

“Our own people are part of that key worker group, and I am delighted their hard work and commitment is delivering a high level of punctuality and getting people to where they need to be.

“The railway has a vital role to play in the coming weeks and months, as we keep key workers moving and ensure that freight services move essential supplies throughout Scotland.”