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Far North Line passengers face disruption after ScotRail cancels some trains between Wick and Inverness; move is result of staff illness; cancellations come ahead of reduced timetable next week amid efforts to tackle spread of Covid-19 coronavirus


By Philip Murray


A ScotRail train pulls away from the platform at Altnabreac on the Far North Line.
A ScotRail train pulls away from the platform at Altnabreac on the Far North Line.

SCOTRAIL has cancelled two trains on the Far North Line today (Saturday) in response to staff illness.

The rail operator confirmed that the 8.02am Wick-Inverness service and the return 2pm Inverness-Wick journey have both been cancelled.

It follows similar disruption on Friday, again because of illness of an on-train staff member.

A ScotRail spokesman said: "To help you complete your journey you can use your ScotRail ticket or Smartcard on Stagecoach North buses, at no extra cost. [These apply] between Inverness and Wick at the following stations; Inverness, Beauly, Muir of Ord, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Fearn, Tain, Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale, Georgemas Junction, Thurso and Wick.

"Please note Ardgay, Culrain, Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, Kildonnan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac and Scotscalder are not covered.

"Need info on bus times? Visit Traveline Scotland."

The disruption comes ahead of the implementation of reduced timetables next week as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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