Food and drink service on Far North line restored

Monday, 29 January 2018

The food and drink service on the Far North Line has been fully restored, the ScotRail Alliance said today.

Following a recruitment drive, the ScotRail Alliance will now offer food and drink to customers travelling on the main Inverness-Wick/Thurso service. This is a major boost for customers on that route.

Alex Hynes, ScotRail Alliance managing director, will address the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) conference in Inverness today. He will reveal that the number of trains running on time in the north of Scotland has improved significantly in recent years. Almost 86 per cent of trains between Inverness and Thurso/Wick arrived within the target time over the past twelve months – up from 69 per cent just after Abellio took over the ScotRail franchise.

The number of customer journeys between Inverness and Wick/Thurso also increased by 7 per cent between 2016 and 2017.

ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes said:

“It’s great news that we have fully restored our food and drink service for customers travelling from Inverness to Wick and Thurso. This will make what is already a great journey in a beautiful part of the world even better.

“We have made a significant investment in our Inverness to Wick and Thurso service, which has resulted in more trains running on time, refurbished trains, and now a fully restored food and drink offer for customers.

“It’s all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”