ScotRail is warning customers that there will be disruption to services between the Central Belt and Aberdeen and Inverness following a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in the Highlands and northeast of Scotland.
A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain has been in place across the northeast of Scotland since 12.00 today (Thursday, 26 October), and will remain in place until Sunday, 29 October.
As a result, customers travelling between the Central Belt and Aberdeen and Inverness will need to change at Perth (for travel to Inverness) and Dundee (for travel to Aberdeen) as there will be no direct ScotRail services from the start of service on Friday, 27 October, until Sunday.
The train operator will operate more localised shuttle services to help keep customers moving. This will see services operating between Aberdeen and Dundee, and between Inverness and Perth.
Speed restrictions will be in place as a safety precaution, which means services may be subject to delay or cancellation. This is because heavy rainfall is forecast in areas which already have high water levels and saturated ground after Storm Babet.
Customers are advised that journeys in the affected areas will take longer than usual, and to check their journey before travelling.
Live updates will be available on the ScotRail website, mobile app, and social media channels.
David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said:
“The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain across the Highlands and northeast of Scotland until Sunday.
“Our first priority is always to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.
“As a precautionary measure, speed restrictions will be in place across the Highlands and northeast, which will result in extended journey times and the removal of some direct services.
“We ask customers to keep an eye on our website, app, or social media feeds for live updates.”