ScotRail is reminding customers that buses will replace trains for eleven days on a section of the route between Inverness and Aberdeen while work to enable the new Inverness Airport station takes place.
From 23.55 on Friday, 14 October until 04.45 on Wednesday, 26 October, Network Rail engineers will work round the clock to carry out extensive work between Inverness and Nairn as part of the wider programme of enhancements being delivered around the new station development.
ScotRail services between Inverness and Elgin, and between Inverness and Aberdeen, will be disrupted for the duration the works with buses replacing trains between Elgin and Inverness (calling at Forres and Nairn).
Services between Aberdeen and Inverness will see buses replace trains between Inverness and Nairn.
The train operator has arranged for an early morning bus to depart from Elgin to Aberdeen at 4.13am, calling all stations, which will provide an early arrival at Aberdeen.
In the evenings, the 22.00 Aberdeen to Inverness train will terminate at Inverurie, with bus connections in place for travel between Inverurie and Inverness.
The train operator is urging anyone plans to travel between the two northern cities to plan their journey in advance and check how their journey may be affected on the ScotRail app or by visiting www.scotrail.co.uk .
During the closure, Network Rail will work continuously to complete the new airport station, install a passing loop through the station, and enhance sections of track and signalling within the area. The line closure will also see the opening of a new pedestrian access bridge and the closure of Petty level crossing.
Due to the nature of the work and the length of time required to complete specific elements, it cannot be completed while the railway is open.
More information on the Inverness Airport station development visit can be found at www.scotlandsrailway.com/projects.
David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said:
“We know lengthy line closures can be a real inconvenience for customers, and we’re doing everything we can to keep people moving during the work.
“I would encourage customers to plan ahead using the ScotRail app or website and remember that journey times will be longer than normal where replacement buses are in use.
“I’d also like to thank our customers for their patience in bearing with us while this important rail link for the area is delivered.”