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Rail passengers warned of delays to services on the Kyle of Lochalsh, Far North and Highland mainlines after temporary speed cuts were brought in during a Met Office yellow alert for heavy rain; ScotRail advises passengers to check its website for updates


By Philip Murray

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An Inter7City high-speed train.
An Inter7City high-speed train.

SEVERE weather is set to bring misery to rail passengers in the Highlands today, amid reduced speed restrictions and warnings of delays.

ScotRail has advised passengers on the Highland mainline, Kyle Line and Far North Line that forecast heavy rain is expected to delay journeys.

"Because of forecast severe weather we are expecting services across Scotland to be affected," said a ScotRail spokesman, who added that speed limits on lines had been cut due to the heavy rain and that "disruption is expected until the end of the day".

They continued: "Please visit the website – www.scotrail.co.uk – and check if your journey is possible before you travel."

The warnings come as a yellow weather warning remained in force in parts of the Highlands.

The Met Office warning, which remains in force until 3pm on Wednesday, has been extended to cover most of Ross-shire, the Black Isle, southern Sutherland, Inverness-shire west of the Great Glen, and most of Lochaber. It extends as far south as Argyll & Bute and Loch Lomond.

The Met Office warning has been extended to cover most of Ross-shire. Picture: Met Office.
The Met Office warning has been extended to cover most of Ross-shire. Picture: Met Office.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has also issued floor alerts for Caithness and Sutherland; Easter Ross and the Great Glen; Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside; Skye and Lochaber; and Wester Ross.

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