Rail chaos for Edinburgh passengers as storms strike

Passengers travelling to and from the capital were facing disruption tonight as freak stormy weather took hold.

Saturday, 10th August 2019, 22:14 pm
Passengers were stuck on a ScotRail train on the Forth Rail Bridge after a signalling failure at North Queensferry. PIC: Claire Irvine.

A "lightning cluster" moved across Edinburgh from around 8pm with this remarkable photograph, taken by South Queensferry resident Claire Irvine, appearing to show the Forth Rail Bridge being struck by a fork of lightning.

One train came to a standstill on the bridge after the signalling system at North Queensferry failed.

Flooding on the line at Inverkeithing has also been reported.

A "lightning cluster" moves over Edinburgh with Johnny Marr abandoning his set in Princes Street Gardens due to safety concerns. PIC: Jimmy Louise Smith.

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ScotRail said it was working hard not to have to cancel services given the volume of passengers travelling to and from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

A spokesman for ScotRail said: “Our colleagues at Network Rail have advised us of a signalling fault caused by a power failure at North Queensferry and flooding at Inverkeithing, which has delayed some of our services.

"We are all working flat out to keep people moving.

"Any customers delayed by 30 minutes or more can claim compensation through our Delay Repay scheme by visiting scotrail.co.uk.”

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