STATIONS in Clydebank are some of the most commonly skipped by trains looking to make up for lost time, statistics have revealed.

Performance data from between August 20, 2017 and February 3, 2018 showed Drumry and Singer stations are among some of the worst affected services in the country.

Drumry was fourth in the table for stations skipped by proportion of services at 1.35 per cent, while Singer was seventh at 1.32 per cent.

Ross Greer MSP, who published the stats, has called on ScotRail to “get a grip” on rail services in the area and warned the transport company to stop “leaving people out in the cold”.

He said: “The disappointing feeling of finding your train will be skipping your stop has become all too familiar for commuters in recent months.

“Poor punctuality is one thing – leaving people out in the cold for another half an hour because ScotRail have chosen to skip their stop to try and make up for lost time just isn’t acceptable.

“It’s disappointing to find that West Dunbartonshire is so badly affected by this issue, with four of the top ten most skipped stations.

“ScotRail need to get a grip on their services in West Dunbartonshire and stop letting the public down.”

Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson described the situation as “unsatisfactory” but said he was hopeful the performance figures would improve.

He said: “Finding yourself or your family in the wrong place at the wrong time is infuriating and the rail companies are well aware of this unsatisfactory situation as it has been raised with them on numerous occasions.

“I’ve been informed that they have been taking action to improve matters. I can confirm that the number of complaints has significantly reduced over the last month or so and I am hoping this is down to ScotRail working to eliminate stop skipping.”

“I’m looking forward to the next set of statistics in the hope that my optimism is not misplaced.”

Drumchapel has also been impacted by the problem, with the station fifth in the table of those skipped by proportion of services at 1.34 per cent.

Anniesland station topped the table for number of trains missed by number at 510, causing local MSP Bill Kidd to urge for greater understanding from ScotRail bosses.

He said: “Although I’m aware the satisfaction rating for Abellio ScotRail has increased, they must understand the utter frustration they are leaving behind them when an expected train fails to stop and the consequent damage they are doing to both their reputation and their credibility.”

A spokesman for ScotRail Alliance assured “skip-stopping” is a method that is only taken when “absolutely necessary” for trains to prevent further delays.

He said: “Our performance hasn’t been good enough in recent months, but the latest figures show things are improving. More of our trains are arriving on time, and we have reduced skip-stopping in West Dunbartonshire by more than 30 per cent in recent months. We’re working hard to reduce this even further.

“Skip-stopping is something that we only do when absolutely necessary, to prevent further disruption across the network. We’re very clear that it’s always a last resort.”