Disruption to ScotRail services due to amber weather warning

Last updated: Sunday, 8 October 2023

Repair works and safety inspections have been ongoing for much of the weekend following up to a month’s worth of rain in a 24-hour period.

The majority of the network is back up and running and we expect a normal service tomorrow in the following areas:

  • All Strathclyde routes (with the exception of Troon - Ayr following the fire at Ayr station hotel).
  • Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk, Bathgate, Shotts and Carstairs.
  • Edinburgh to Dunblane.
  • Edinburgh to North Berwick and Tweedbank.
  • Edinburgh to Fife, Perth and Dundee.
  • Glasgow to Cumbernauld and Alloa.
  • South West Scotland (with the exception of Kilmarnock/Girvan - Ayr following the fire at Ayr station hotel).
  • Far North Line.
  • West Highland Line.

The situation does remain challenging in a number of areas:

  • The line between Dunblane and Perth has seen the most severe damage, while Network Rail engineers are working on the line it is expected to remain closed over the coming days.

There will be no direct services from:

  • Dundee and Perth to Glasgow
  • Aberdeen to Glasgow
  • Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The line between Dundee and Aberdeen remains flooded near Montrose. Whilst no through services can operate, work is underway to operate local services between:

  • Arbroath and Dundee
  • Montrose or Stonehaven and Aberdeen.

Speed restrictions also remain in place between Aberdeen and Dundee so any local services which operate should expect some delays and maybe some cancellations.

The Highland Main Line will remain closed when services begin on Monday morning while safety inspections take place following extensive flooding with water levels remaining high.

We are trying to source rail replacement buses to transport customers between Inverness and Perth to interchange with rail services to Edinburgh where connections can be made for onward journeys.

  • The closures on Highland Main Line and between Dunblane and Perth mean no services at Carrbridge, Aviemore, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Dalwhinnie, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Invergowrie and Gleneagles.
  • Aberdeen to Inverness will be affected by speed restrictions so is likely to see delays and some cancellations.
  • Dunblane and Bridge of Allan customers will have a half hourly service to Edinburgh but no direct services to Glasgow - they will have to change at Stirling.
  • The loss of the Glasgow to Aberdeen and Glasgow to Dundee services means that Stirling customers will only have two trains per hour (the Glasgow to Alloa services) rather than the normal four. This means some services may be very busy at peak times.

Safety inspections between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh are ongoing and customers should check the status of their journey before travel though the services will run if and when the route opens.

Due to the disruption over the weekend and the need for some services to be diverted from their normal routes some services may operate with less carriages than planned.

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.