Services to end early tonight and more disruption on Sunday

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 October 2023

ScotRail services remain disrupted and will stop operating earlier than planned tonight following extreme rainfall across much of Scotland.

The rail operator is also warning customers to expect significant disruption tomorrow (Sunday, 8 October).

Some areas have seen up to a month’s worth of rain in a 24-hour period resulting in heavy flooding across much of the rail network.

Saturday’s extreme weather saw several lines completely closed, while others operated a reduced service with extended journey times due to speed restrictions put in place to ensure safety.

With so many trains and train crew out of place because of the extreme weather, and to ensure passenger and staff safety, ScotRail services in some parts of the country will wind down around 21.00 tonight. Customers should check the ScotRail website, app, or social media channels regularly for the latest information.

With Network Rail carrying out line inspections on Sunday morning during daylight, first services in particular will be subject to disruption. The Highland Main Line – connecting the Central Belt to Inverness via Perth – is expected to remain closed on Sunday due to levels of rainfall on that route.

Customers are advised that they should expect delays, and to check their journey before travelling by keeping an eye on the ScotRail 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 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:

“We know the impact that disruption to train services following extreme weather can have, but our first priority is always to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. Disruption will continue into Sunday because of the level of extreme rainfall seen in many parts of our network.

“Everyone is working hard to get services back to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

“Customers are advised that they should check their journey before travelling, and keep an eye on our website, app, or social media feeds regularly for live updates.”