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UPDATE: Train fault sparks cancellations misery on Kyle and Far North Lines

By Philip Murray

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ScotRail's 6.11am Kyle to Inverness service was cancelled on Tuesday morning due to a train fault.
ScotRail's 6.11am Kyle to Inverness service was cancelled on Tuesday morning due to a train fault.

Rail travellers on the Kyle and Far North lines were facing a number of cancellations on Tuesday morning, ScotRail has confirmed.

The disruption began with the 6.11am Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness service, which was cancelled after reports of a fault on the train.

The train, which would have arrived at Inverness at 8.50am, was confirmed to be cancelled shortly after 7am, with ScotRail confirming a “train fault” as the cause. Bus replacements were in operation, but passengers were being advised that these would take longer to complete the journey than the train would, and to allow extra time as a result.

The cancellation of the 6.11am Kyle departure was followed by two further cancellations - the 11.43am Inverness to Dingwall services and the 12.45pm Dingwall to Inverness return trip.

As with the first cancellation these were due to "a train fault".

It is unknown if these later cancellations were due to a knock-on effect from the earlier fault at Kyle, with that train’s cancellation leaving it out of position on the local network.

Bus replacement services were put in place for the cancelled Kyle to Inverness service, with D&E Coaches and McNeils mini bus providing the alternative transport.

The later Inverness-Dingwall and Dingwall-Inverness services are being covered by ticket acceptance on Stagecoach buses.

A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We have Ticket Acceptance in place with Stagecoach North buses between Inverness and Dingwall. Just show your valid ticket or Smart card to the driver when boarding the bus.”

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