Trains cancelled as Caroline set to deal a travel blow

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SCOTRAIL HAVE SUSPENDED train services on the Aberdeen to Inverness line from the first service tomorrow morning.

The suspension is being taken as a precaution as Storm Caroline is expected to hit the north on Thursday with severe to gale-force winds expected.

Windspeeds of up to 90mph are being predicted, prompting the national rail carrier not to run services in the morning – a safety inspection will be carried out and a further decision will then be taken on when to resume services.

As well as the line through Moray, services between Inverness and Wick and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh will be suspended as will the line between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban, Fort William and Mallaig.

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 via @ScotRail on Twitter, or on the ScotRail app.

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.”