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Rail disruption between Elgin and Aberdeen

By SPP Reporter

Trains have been disrupted by a cable theft in the Aberdeen to Inverness line
Trains have been disrupted by a cable theft in the Aberdeen to Inverness line

A MILE of signalling cable is being replaced along the Inverness to Aberdeen rail line.

The cable was stolen from the line near Huntly on Sunday, 28 July.

Officers from British Transport Police attended the location, close to Old Military Road and found that the signalling cable had been cut and removed.

Enquiries are being carried out along with Police Scotland, and officers are viewing CCTV from the area to identify those responsible.

A BTP spokesman said: "Theft of cable can, and does, cause significant delays and cancellations to the rail industry – as well as costing the industry millions of pounds each year.

"What thieves don’t realise is that they’re attempting to steal cable, sometimes live, carrying up to 25,000 volts. Not only are they risking a court appearance, they’re also risking their lives."

At the moment no trains are able to run between Huntly and Inverurie stations.

ScotRail has replacement buses running between Aberdeen and Inverness, departing at train times.

Additional buses are operating direct from Inverness to Huntly, then calling at all stations to Aberdeen.

Buses have also been provided to operate direct from Aberdeen to Inverurie.

For the latest information check the website www.scotrail.co.uk

Anyone with information regarding the theft can call 0800 405040 quoting reference 241 of 28/07/2013 free of charge.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555111.

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