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ScotRail is preparing Scotlands Railway for Storm Ciara with extreme wind rain and snow forecasted

Met Office yellow weather warnings are in place from 1200 on Saturday, 8 February until 1200 on Tuesday, 11 February.


Given the forecast, we expect to see some disruption across the network, so please plan ahead and consider the weather forecast in your area before travelling.


Our Network Rail colleagues are out checking the network, to make sure it’s in the best shape possible.


If you live near the railway, you can help us keep the network open by securing loose items like garden furniture, sheds or trampolines.


Our Integrated Control team in Glasgow monitors weather stations right across Scotland’s Railway in real-time. This means we can make decisions based on the actual conditions, and we will only suspend services where absolutely necessary – to keep you safe.


Changes to services


Glasgow Central - Largs / Ardrossan


We’re expect to see some disruption to these services on Saturday and Sunday around high-tide. Network Rail will have teams on standby there monitoring the sea conditions.


When waves crash over the sea wall, it can cause damage to the overhead wires.


High tide is expected at 0009 on Sunday morning, and again at 1200.


Services may be impacted for a couple of hours either side of this, we will run services if it is safe to do so.


Replacement transport is on hand, just in case.


West Highland Line & Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh


Due to the extreme (80+ mph) winds that have been forecast affecting the West Highland and Kyle lines, services will be suspended from early afternoon on Sunday, 9 February, on both routes. Replacement transport will only be in place if it is safe for buses to run.


We’ve made these difficult decisions to keep our customers and staff safe, and to allow trains to stable safely before the worst of the weather hits.


The routes will be inspected using locomotives before they reopen for passenger services, so please bear with us while this vital work is carried out.


West Highland Line - Sunday


  • 1220 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban – Cancelled

  • 1821 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban – Cancelled

  • 1424 Crianlarich to Mallaig – Cancelled

  • 2020 Crianlarich to Mallaig – Cancelled

  • 1211 Oban to Glasgow Queen Street – Cancelled

  • 1611 Oban to Glasgow Queen Street – Cancelled

  • 1811 Oban to Crianlarich – Cancelled

  • 1212 Fort William to Mallaig – Cancelled

  • 1002 Mallaig to Crianlarich – Cancelled between Fort William and Crianlarich

  • 1605 Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street – Cancelled

  • 1815 Mallaig to Fort William – Cancelled


West Highland Line - Monday


  • 0520 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban – Cancelled

  • 0823 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban – Cancelled

  • 1033 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban – Cancelled

  • 1021 Crianlarich to Mallaig – Cancelled

  • 0521 Oban to Glasgow Queen Street – Cancelled

  • 0857 Oban to Glasgow Queen Street – Cancelled

  • 0830 Fort William to Mallaig - Cancelled

  • 0603 Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street – Cancelled

  • 1008 Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street – Starts from Crianlarich at 1337.

Kyle of Lochalsh Line - Sunday


  • 1059 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh – Cancelled

  • 1512 Kyle of Lochalsh – Cancelled

Kyle of Lochalsh Line - Monday

  • 1611 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness – Cancelled

  • 1208 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness – Cancelled

  • 0855 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh – Cancelled

  • 1056 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh – Cancelled


Ticket Validity


If you are disrupted due to Storm Ciara, you can use your train tickets to travel once the storm, and associated disruption, has lifted.


Storm Ciara is expected to impact the following routes:


  • Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Glasgow – Fort William, Oban, Mallaig

  • Kilwinning – Largs, Ardrossan

If you've already purchased your tickets for all or part of your journey on the routes above for travel on Sunday, 9 February or Monday, 10 February, you can use your tickets to travel on Saturday, 8 February up to and including Wednesday, 12 February 2020.


Normal peak and off-peak ticket restrictions apply.

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