Storm Caroline to impact train services

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Extreme weather in the north of Scotland expected to arrive as a result of Storm Caroline means some train services will be suspended from the start of service on Thursday.

With the Met Office predicting wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, the following services will be suspended:

  • Aberdeen to Inverness
  • Inverness to Wick
  • Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh

Update 16:00: Glasgow Queen Street to Oban/Fort William/Mallaig service has resumed at normal speed.

​A safety inspection will be carried out on these routes in the morning, and a further decision will be taken about when to resume services.

Speed restrictions will also be in place for services between Perth-Aberdeen and Perth-Inverness due to expected winds of up to 60 miles per hour. This means trains will be slower and services will be disrupted.

Tickets already purchased for a cancelled service will be eligible for use from today up to, and including, Monday. Customers who do not wish to travel, but have already purchased a ticket for an affected route, will be given a full refund.

Customers who wish to travel are advised to check their service in advance. Use the journey planner by clicking the link below, or via the ScotRail App.

Follow us on Twitter @ScotRail to keep up to date with the latest information.

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David Lister, Safety and Sustainability Director at the ScotRail Alliance, said:

“With the Met Office predicting wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, we have taken the decision to suspend some services from the start of service on Thursday. This isn’t a decision that we have taken lightly, but the safety and security of our staff and customers must come first.

“Our staff will be working round the clock to get services back to normal and get customers moving as soon as possible.

“Customers should keep up to date with the latest information by checking @ScotRail, the ScotRail app or the website.”

Ticket acceptance on bus services

During the disruption, your rail ticket will be accepted on the following bus services:

Stagecoach North services between Inverness and Wick have also been suspended due to Storm Caroline.

Bus replacement services

We have organised the following replacement bus services for Thursday 7 December 2017. Click the links below to view the timetables:

Please plan ahead as these bus services will be busy.


Click here for further information about what the ScotRail Alliance is doing to deal with winter weather.