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UPDATE: Highland train journeys face one more day of major disruptions with major cuts to services connecting Inverness to Wick, Kyle of Lochalsh and Edinburgh

By Federica Stefani

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An empty Inverness train station on the first day of strike. Picture: James Mackenzie.
An empty Inverness train station on the first day of strike. Picture: James Mackenzie.

TRAINS in the Highlands and the north are facing major disruption following the first day of a nation-wide strike action yesterday.

Trains running on the routes between Inverness and Wick, Kyle of Lochalash and Edinburgh will run on a skeleton service, with only one service running from Wick and Kyle to Inverness on the day, and three services from Edinburgh.

Services connecting the Highland capital to Aberdeen will be only affected by minor changes to their facilities whereas trains to and from Glasgow will be limited to three services from Inverness and four from Glasgow.

An amended timetable for services expected to run today and on Friday, June 24 is available on ScotRail's website.

The disruption comes as a nationwide strike action is being carried out by RMT union members of Network Rail and other train operators over pay rise concerns.

David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: “It is very unfortunate to see such widespread disruption across the whole of the Great Britain rail network and we know this will be frustrating for ScotRail customers.

“Regrettably, this strike action by RMT members of Network Rail means that we will not be able to operate the vast majority of our services during the period of strike action.

“We’re reminding customers to expect significant disruption to services this week, including on the days between, and following, strike action which will impact customers travelling to events across the country.

“On the five routes where we are able to operate a very limited service on strike days, we’re urging customers to only travel if they really need to, and to seek alternative means of transport where possible.”

Passengers planning to travel today are being advised to check updated times on the National Rail Enquiries real-time journey planner.

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