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ScotRail warns passengers to expect delays on Inverness-Aberdeen line as speed restriction imposed due Storm Ciaran

By Jonathan Clark

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RAIL operator ScotRail have warned customers in the north and north-east to expect to experience longer journey times as a result of the extreme weather brought by Storm Ciaran.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in place across the east coast until 6am on Friday, November 3.

As a safety precaution, Network Rail will impose a speed restriction on the Aberdeen-Inverness line, as well as lines between Aberdeen and Dundee, Perth and Inverness and Inverness and Wick.

The first of these speed restrictions will be in place from 3pm today (Thursday, November 3) and will remain in place until 8am on Saturday, November 4.

Elgin Train Station...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elgin Train Station...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Speed restrictions are a necessary measure to keep passengers and staff safe while travelling around the network.

Customers are advised that journeys along the affected routes will take longer than usual and are encouraged to check their journey before travelling.

David Simpson, ScotRail's service delivery director, said: “Our first priority is always to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.

"As a precautionary measure, speed restrictions will be in place across the Highlands and east coast. This will result in extended journey times along the affected routes.

“We are asking customers to check their journey before travel, and to keep an eye on our website, app, or social media feeds for live updates.”

Live updates will be available on the ScotRail website, mobile app, and social media channels.

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