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Direct rail links to Inverness and Aberdeen suspended until Sunday due to Met Office heavy rain warning

By Chris Saunderson

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A YELLOW weather warning for heavy rain means there will be no direct rail services to Inverness or Aberdeen over the next three days.

Scotrail services to Inverness and Aberdeen are suspended from the central belt until Sunday.
Scotrail services to Inverness and Aberdeen are suspended from the central belt until Sunday.

A Met Office warning for heavy rain has been in place across the north east of Scotland since 12pm on Thursday and remains in place until Sunday (Thursday, 26 October), and will remain in place until Sunday, 29 October.

People travelling between the Central Belt and Aberdeen and Inverness will need to change at Perth (for Inverness) and Dundee (for Aberdeen) as there will be no direct ScotRail services from Friday morning until Sunday.

Local shuttle services will be in place to get passengers from Perth to Inverness and Dundee to Aberdeen.

Speed restrictions will be in place as a safety precaution on all rail services, which means there may be delays or cancellations.

Scotrail says this is because heavy rainfall is forecast in areas which already have high water levels and saturated ground after Storm Babet.

Customers are advised that journeys in the affected areas will take longer than usual, and to check their journey before travelling.

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

David Simpson, ScotRail 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 north east, which will result in extended journey times and the removal of some direct services.

“We ask customers to keep an eye on our website, app, or social media feeds for live updates.”

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