Another day of misery for Moray rail passengers is blamed on signalling

THERE WAS MORE RAIL misery for passengers wishing to travel to Inverness and Aberdeen on Tuesday with over a dozen trains disrupted.

ScotRail blamed the chaos on a damaged power cable that in turn created a signalling fault on the line between Elgin and Forres – and that affected all services for 15 hours from 6am.

Staff were used to manually signal trains through the section of track as Network Rail staff desperately tried to fix the fault.

A spokesman for the ScotRail Alliance said: “Engineers sometimes have to inspect hundreds of metres of cable checking for the point where the break has occurred – once that has been identified they need to cut the section out and join in a new one.

“That has to be tested throughout the system and can take a considerable time to do.”

The latest delays come soon after ScotRail Alliance published figures showing that for the year ending in April 2017, only 40% of all trains arrive in Elgin on time.

While ScotRail claim that 82% of those trains arriving at the Moray station were overdue by just five minutes or less, passengers have constantly expressed their dismay at the issues on the line in particular since Dutch firm Abellio took over the contract.