Train line remains closed as 'further damage' identified near track

The line was closed earlier this week as significant damage was discovered to sea defences.

Far North train line remains closed as pictures show ‘further damage’ identified near track Network Rail

More damage has been identified on the Far North Line by Network Rail as passengers are set to face further disruption.

The operator closed the line between Brora and Helmsdale earlier this week after significant damage was identified on the line’s sea defences.

Passengers were subject to delays, cancellations and alterations as ScotRail provided alternative transport including mini buses and coaches to those affected by the disruption.

Network Rail hoped to reopen the Wick to Inverness line on Wednesday but pictures shared on social media show further damage to the defences has been found at Lothbeg.

ScotRail confirmed a number of services throughout the morning and afternoon will terminate at Lairg and Invergordon.

Journeys up until 6pm on Wednesday are expected to be affected as engineers work to repair the new damage discovered.

A Network Rail statement read: “We’ve begun repairs to the railway’s sea defences at Lothbeg, between Brora and Helmsdale on the Far North Line.

“Unfortunately, further damage was discovered when the team arrived, meaning the line won’t reopen on Wednesday as expected.”

The sea defences at Lothbeg have been significantly damaged. Photo: Network Rail.

Sharing the images on X, the operator said: “As you can see, machinery and the initial delivery of rock armour have arrived. We’re working between the high tides to repair the damage.

“We’ll share another update early afternoon on Wednesday with more robust timescales for the railway to reopen.”

ScotRail added: “The line between Brora and Helmsdale remains closed but works have been going on since yesterday to repair the damage to the sea defences.”

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