New weather warning sparks train cancellations between Inverness and the Central Belt
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ScotRail has announced that several routes will be cancelled between today and Sunday due to forecasts of heavy rain, with services connecting Inverness and Aberdeen to the Central Belt affected.
After the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain yesterday – which is expected to hit the northeast of Scotland until Sunday – the train operator announced that customers travelling between the Central Belt and Inverness will need to change at Perth as there will be no direct ScotRail services from the start of service today (Friday, October 27) until Sunday.
This follows a complete halt to services on several Highland train lines last weekend caused by Storm Babet, with some services resuming only earlier this week.
ScotRail added that localised shuttle services will be in place to support passengers on the routes affected.
Speed restrictions will also be in place as a safety precaution as heavy rainfall is forecast in areas with already high water levels and saturated ground after Storm Babet.
Anyone planning to travel over the weekend should check their journey in advance.
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.”