A NEW ScotRail timetable comes into effect across the country next weekend - but what changes will Helensburgh's train users notice?

Well, the answer is: not very much, as only minor changes are planned on the Helensburgh Central-Edinburgh route when the new timetable is introduced.

The new timetable, which will be introduced from May 19, includes capacity improvements on a number of routes resulting from the introduction of new trains.

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And some peak hour services between Dumbarton and Glasgow will see a capacity increase from three carriages per train to six, thanks to those new trains leading to a 'cascade' of older stock.

But on the Helensburgh Central line, where virtually all services are already scheduled to run with six carriages, only minor timetable changes are planned.

A ScotRail spokesman said: "Customers will see minor changes to some train timings to improve the spacing of trains along the [Helensburgh] route.

"This should benefit performance and help get trains back to normal quicker after any periods of disruption."

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At Helensburgh Upper station, there will be an increase in services on Sundays, from three ScotRail trains to four in each direction.

The new timetable will remain in effect until December 14.