East Coast warn against rail travel north of Edinburgh

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Train operator East Coast has advised customers not to travel north of Edinburgh for the remainder of today due to worsening severe weather conditions.

At 10am this morning, Network Rail imposed a 50mph speed restriction on all trains operating north and west of Edinburgh. These restrictions and the temporary closure of the Tay Rail Bridge, have meant that East Coast services north and west of Edinburgh are subject to diversions and disruption.

East Coast expects that it will be required to terminate all of its Anglo-Scots services at Edinburgh later today as the high winds become more severe, particularly across central Scotland.

East Coast services south of Edinburgh are running without significant delay. Network Rail have imposed an 80mph speed restriction for electric trains only between York and Darlington.

An East Coast spokesman said: “While services are still running north of Edinburgh, we expect the weather to worsen and further disruption to take place.

“This means that we are not able to guarantee journeys north of Edinburgh, and it is likely that we’ll have to terminate trains at Edinburgh later today.

“We’re therefore advising customers not to travel north of Edinburgh for the remainder of today