With Storm Corrie set to bring heavy rain and winds of up to 80mph to Scotland tomorrow (January 30), ScotRail train services will cease running early on Sunday evening as a safety precaution.
Domestic rail services will be wound down between 18:00 and midnight, when the worst of Storm Corrie is expected to sweep across the country.
A limited number of cross-border and freight services will continue to run on some lines, but at reduced speed.
The strength of the winds expected could damage infrastructure, blowing debris and trees onto tracks and damaging equipment such as overhead electric power lines and signals.
Network Rail will have additional engineers out across the network ready to react quickly to problems and will check all affected lines for damage before reintroducing services as early as possible on Monday.
Passengers are being urged to check their journey before travelling. For more information on any changes to services, check www.nationalrail.co.uk or with individual train operators.
A ScotRail spokesperson said:
"We know the impact that the earlier withdrawal of services will have on customers but it’s a necessary step to ensure the safety of our staff and customers due to the severe weather.
“If you have to travel tomorrow, please check the ScotRail app or website before heading to the station. With services being withdrawn in the early evening, we’d ask all customers to carefully plan ahead.”
A Network Rail spokesperson said:
“Storm Corrie has the potential to cause significant disruption to our infrastructure, blowing trees onto tracks and damaging equipment.
“A controlled withdrawal of ScotRail services on Sunday evening is the safest way to manage the risks posed by the storm.
“We will be working hard throughout Sunday to respond to any issues caused by Storm Corrie and will reintroduce services as soon as lines are inspected for damage and we are sure it is safe to do so.”