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Train services suspended as Storm Malik takes its toll

By Ewan Malcolm

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SCOTLAND'S Railway have withdrawn services on some lines across Scotland this morning as a safety precaution as Storm Malik blows trees and other debris onto the tracks.

Trees and other debris have been blown on some lines across Scotland this morning.
Trees and other debris have been blown on some lines across Scotland this morning.

Until the storm has passed and lines have been inspected for damage, train services are suspended between Dundee-Aberdeen, Aberdeen-Inverness, Inverness-Kyle/Wick/Thurso and on the West Highland line north of Helensburgh.

Storm Malik has caused significant disruption to the rail network this morning with trees down on the Highland mainline, West Highland line, Aberdeen-Dundee line.

Due to the adverse weather conditions passengers within Scotland, and those travelling south, should allow extra time for their journeys and check with their train operator about any further changes to services.

Scotland’s Railway staff are working over the course of the storm to keep lines open and safe for passengers and freight customers.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail route director for Scotland, said: “We have taken the decision to stop trains running in some parts of the country while we assess the impact of Storm Malik on our infrastructure.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our first consideration during severe weather.

“We have teams in place across the country ready to react quickly to cut back trees and repair any damage caused by the weather.

“We will reopen the affected lines as quickly as we can for our customers, but are urging passengers to check their journey before traveling.

"Further severe weather is expected to affect Scotland on Sunday and we are monitoring its potential impact on the rail network."

For more information on any changes to services, check www.nationalrail.co.uk or with individual train operators.

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