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Rail com­muters to Perth had a rough ride to work yes­ter­day, when a fire dur­ing the night led to all trains be­ing can­celled be­tween Perth and Dundee.

Buses were laid on to help trav­ellers get to their des­ti­na­tions, but de­lays were wide­spread.

The cause of the line be­ing closed was a fire next to the track in the Long­for­gan area which caused “sig­nif­i­cant”dam­age to the sig­nalling sys­tem on Wed­nes­day night.

Twenty-five ser­vices were set to be sus­pended be­tween Perth and Dundee dur­ing the course of yes­ter­day.

Re­pairs were still be­ing car­ried out as the PA went to press yes­ter­day.

Sco­trail apol­o­gised to pas­sen­gers, many of whom were head­ing to Perth: “We are sorry that you have been de­layed.

“You can make a claim if you have been de­layed over 30 min­utes by vis­it­ing Sco­tRail.co.uk/de­lay-re­pay.”

A Net­work Rail spokesper­son said: “Ser­vices have been dis­rupted by sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to sig­nalling ca­bles fol­low­ing an overnight line-side fire near Long­for­gan.

“Our engi­neers have been on site through­out the in­ci­dent as­sist­ing the fire ser­vice and now work­ing to re­pair the dam­aged equip­ment.

“We will re­store nor­mal ser­vices as quickly as pos­si­ble for cus­tomers.”

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