Storm Jocelyn forces train services to be suspended across Scotland

ScotRail advised passengers that all services across Scotland would be suspended from Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm. 

ScotRail services to be halted again on Tuesday as Scotland set to be hit by 70mph winds by Storm Jocelyn iStock

Rail services across Scotland will be suspended on Tuesday evening amid extreme weather as Storm Jocelyn sweeps across the country.

It is the second time in three nights rail services have been stopped due to extreme weather conditions.

ScotRail advised passengers that all services across Scotland would be suspended from 7pm on Tuesday, January 23. 

Additionally, there will be no rush hour services on Wednesday morning.

Tree on railway line during Storm Isha

It comes after the rail provider suspended all services on Sunday night into Monday morning amid winds up to 100mph brought by Storm Isha.

Network Rail has taken the decision to close the railway to passenger services while the worst of the weather hits the infrastructure in order to keep passengers and staff safe.

Railway infrastructure across Scotland has been “significantly impacted” by Storm Isha, and it is expected that the predicted high winds throughout most of the country will continue to create challenges across the network, ScotRail said.

Any trains that depart prior to 7pm will complete their journey, but no services will begin their journey after that time.


Heavy winds of up to 60-70mph are expected, which could lead to trees and other debris falling onto the tracks, making conditions unsafe to operate trains. 

It could also lead to trains being trapped on the network.

Each route will have to undergo a safety inspection before trains are able to operate, which means it will be later on Wednesday before any trains can run.

Customers whose journey has been cancelled or disrupted due to adverse weather can travel two days after the date on their ticket, or also apply for a refund on any unused tickets.

Part of a garden shed on the line at Bellgrove station in Glasgow caused by strong winds from Storm Isha.

Customers are advised to check the ScotRail website or app before travelling on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail customer operations director, said: “The heavy wind and ongoing rain hitting most parts of the country mean that it will not be safe for our customers and our staff, and all ScotRail train services will be suspended from 7pm tomorrow.

“This is the second withdrawal of train services this week, and we know the impact this has on customers, but the safety of staff and passengers will always be our priority.

“Our colleagues at Network Rail Scotland will again be working flat out to carry out safety checks, and assess what repairs are required to reopen the railway. 

“However, customers will be unable to travel early on Wednesday morning, as trains will not be able to operate until the infrastructure has been made safe.

“We will update our website, mobile app, and social media feeds when we have more information, and customers should check for the latest updates before they attempt to travel.”

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