ScotRail launched a new recruitment drive yesterday after crew shortages again caused disruption for north-east commuters.
A train between Aberdeen and Edinburgh was scrapped as the 5.15pm service from the Granite City to the Scottish capital ground to a halt in Dundee.
The organisation blamed the cancellation on the “widely publicised challenges” it has faced due to the late delivery of its Class 385 carriages and upgraded InterCity trains.
It also blamed “industrial actions, and the impact they had on our ability to train enough drivers and conductors on the new trains”.
In addition to promising that 20 drivers and conductors were now being coached every day, to “deliver continual improvements”, ScotRail yesterday issued an appeal for more employees.
The rail operator published a recruitment advert calling for driver applications, which has a reference salary of £47,180 a year.
Applicants need to have prior experience of driving trains, and must allow access to their safety records.
The outfit last week reached an agreement with the Scottish Government to hire 55 extra drivers and 30 conductors this year.
A ScotRail spokesman said: “This has been a challenging time for Scotland’s railway, but things are improving.
“More trains are arriving on time than ever before, and everyone is working flat out to provide customers with the service they deserve.
“Improving the service for our customers is the priority for everyone at ScotRail.
“We are training more than 20 drivers and conductors every day, and this will deliver continual improvements in the coming weeks and months.”