Third day of rail­way dis­rup­tion as de­railed train causes travel chaos

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - SCOTT MILNE smilne@the­courier.co.uk

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.