Rail passengers to face second day of disruption after train derails near Stonehaven


Aberdeen rail passengers have seen major disruption after services travelling south of the city were cancelled following a train derailment.

The non-passenger train came off the tracks close to Stonehaven and the train was left straddling two sets of tracks.

ScotRail and the British Transport Police were called to the scene of the incident shortly after 5pm last night.

It is believed no one was injured in the incident, however, all services terminated at Dundee as a result.

ScotRail said all services between Aberdeen and Dundee would be suspended until at least 6pm today.

The company apologised for any inconvenience caused to those travelling.

Rail replacement buses were organised by ScotRail to transport passengers from Dundee to the city and vice versa.

A statement from ScotRail said: “A train has become derailed at Stonehaven which is preventing us from running any trains through this area.

“Disruption will continue until the end of service.

“We’re organising replacement buses between Aberdeen and Dundee.

“If you’re travelling to Aberdeen you can use ScotRail services via Inverness.”

One woman said they were told they would have to catch the 7pm train to Dundee then get on a bus to Aberdeen from there.

She said many people could not get on the 7pm service.

Aberdeenshire councillor Ian Mollison had been invited to take a trip on one of the new “high-speed” trains to from Aberdeen to Edinburgh yesterday.

On his way back up north, Mr Mollison was forced to terminate his journey in Dundee due to the Stonehaven derailment. He said: “How embarassing for ScotRail.”

A ScotRail spokesman said the track would be inspected for damage once the train was removed today.

He added: “We are making plans for services between Dundee and Aberdeen to be suspended until at least 6pm.”

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