ScotRail services returning to normal after heavy rain

ScotRail services will be returning to normal on Monday following disruption during a weekend of heavy rain which saw weather warnings in place.

Some services were suspended and speed restrictions were in place while the Met Office yellow alert was in force in much of eastern and north east Scotland.

The warning expired earlier on Sunday and ScotRail said that speed restrictions put in place across the region as a safety precaution have now been removed across most of the network.

However, another Met Office yellow warning of heavy rain across central, eastern and north east Scotland and the north east Highlands comes into force at midnight on Sunday and runs until 3am on Monday.

ScotRail said that work is underway to ensure that services run as normal on Monday, though it warned passengers that there may be some remaining alternations first thing in the morning as some trains have been left out of place following the disruption.

David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: “The vast majority of services will operate as normal on Monday, and we look forward to welcoming passengers to take advantage of our off-peak all day trial.

“Our first priority is always the safety of customers and staff, and we only run services when we are absolutely sure the lines are safe.

“We thank customers, especially those in the north of the country, for their understanding and patience following the extreme weather.

“Customers are advised to check before travelling by visiting the ScotRail website, app, or social media channels.”

The company said that safety checks will need to be carried out on the Far North Line in the morning – the route between Inverness and Wick, and speed restrictions will remain in place until early on Monday morning on the Kyle line (Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh).

LNER said there will be no LNER services running from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, or from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, until Monday October 30 due to the severe weather.

The Met Office yellow alert warns that further heavy rain could bring some disruption to parts of central and eastern Scotland in the early hours of Monday morning.

It warns that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and that fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life.