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Scottish train services hit by strong winds

Swathes of Scotland are without trains this morning after hurricane-force winds cased disruption across the country.

ScotRail suspended the majority of its services while Network Rail ran checks for damage on the network.

While Edinburgh-to-Glasgow services have resumed, along with some local routes, many routes are without trains. All ScotRail tickets for travel today will be valid for future dates or a refund.

Network Rail said yesterday it would have hundreds of engineers out across the network ready to react quickly to problems such as fallen trees or damaged power lines.

The company has more than 120 weather alarms that help track progress of weather events.

Network Rail route managing director for Scotland David Dickson said last night: “Safety has to be our first consideration during severe weather.

“We are working closely with the train operators, and other industry partners, to reduce disruption as much as possible while also operating a safe network for passengers.”

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