ScotRail is warning customers that there will be significant disruption to services following an amber weather warning by the Met Office for heavy rain for parts of Scotland, with up to 180mm of rainfall forecast in many areas tomorrow (Saturday, 7 October), including the Highlands and central Scotland, and in the Glasgow, Perth, and Stirling areas.
As a result, ScotRail services will be suspended on the following routes from 01:00 tomorrow until Sunday morning:
- West Highland line from Oban, Mallaig and Fort William.
- Helensburgh Central/Balloch to Dalmuir. Services between Dalmuir and Glasgow will operate.
- Highland Mainline between Perth and Inverness.
For those routes, we are advising customers not to travel as no rail replacement travel is available.
Most other routes across our network will be affected by speed restrictions as a safety precaution meaning services may be subject to delay or cancellation.
Customers are advised that they should travel only when necessary, to expect delays, and to check their journey before travelling by keeping an eye on our website, app, or social media feeds for live updates.
Customers whose journey has been cancelled or disrupted due to adverse weather this weekend can travel one day before or two days after the date on their ticket. Customers can also apply for a fee-free refund on any unused tickets.
David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said:
“The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for heavy rain for parts of Scotland, which could see over a month’s worth expected to fall on areas of the Highlands and central Scotland, as well as Glasgow, Perth, and Stirling.
“We know the impact that the withdrawal of some train services will have on customers but it’s a necessary step to ensure the safety of our staff and customers due to the severe rainfall.
“As a precautionary measure in order to keep our customers and staff safe, speed restrictions will also be in place across most routes in Scotland, which will result in extended journey times.
“Customers are advised that they should travel only when necessary, and for those that do, they should check their journey before travelling, and keep an eye on our website, app or social media feeds for live updates.”