Third day of railway disruption as derailed train causes travel chaos
Normal services resumed on train journeys north of Dundee last night after a derailed train in the Mearns was finally cleared from the track.
Commuters faced a third day of travel disruption yesterday as the work to “rerail” the train at Stonehaven took longer than expected.
All trains north of Dundee were off until last night, following a full day of cancellations on Thursday and more on Wednesday evening in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Services are expected to be close to normal today, but replacement buses will be on standby.
Crews succeeded in placing the train back on to the track and moving it, sleepers were repaired or replaced and a safety inspection was carried out by Network Rail Scotland. Full services resumed at about 6pm but some trains started heading north from 4.30pm.
Some southbound journeys were still being affected by the work yesterday. LNER trains from Aberdeen to London departed and terminated in Edinburgh – missing destinations in Fife, Dundee and Angus that were unaffected by the Stonehaven incident.
A spokesman for LNER said it acted after Network Rail Scotland “informed us the work is taking slightly longer than they initially thought”.
The disruptions coincided with travel chaos on the west coast as Storm Callum brought strong winds and heavy rain to Ireland and the west of the UK.
Journeys through Saltcoats, Largs, Ardrossan, Irvine and towards Glasgow were affected, leading to cancellations.
Work took longer then expected to ‘rerail’ the train at Stonehaven.