Storm Gerrit: Cupar-Dundee rail line remains closed after landslip

The main rail link between Cupar and Dundee is still closed after a landslip caused by Storm Gerrit.
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The update came from Network Rail as engineers continue to work to re-open lines hit by devastating flooding this week. The line between Cupar and Dundee remains closed due to a landslip caused by heavy rain on Wednesday, although services are running between Dundee and Perth. Passengers are still being advised to check their journeys before travelling with disruption expected to continue on several lines throughout the country until at least Friday.

Engineers are clearing over 100 tons of debris from the line between Dumfries and Kilmarnock due to flooding and a landslip close to Sanquhar.

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Liam Sumpter, route director, Network Rail Scotland, said: “The heavy rain and high winds brought by Storm Gerrit have had a significant impact across Scotland’s Railway, with landslips, flooding and debris on the track in several locations.

The landslip has hit services through Cupar (Pic: Fife Free Press)The landslip has hit services through Cupar (Pic: Fife Free Press)
The landslip has hit services through Cupar (Pic: Fife Free Press)

“Our teams have working really hard to inspect the railway and carry out vital repairs, including flooding and debris removal work to make the lines safe for passenger services again. We will continue to work to re-open the remaining affected routes as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Phil Campbell, ScotRail customer operations director, said: "Storm Gerrit brought yellow weather warnings for high winds, rain, and snow across most of Scotland, which caused disruption to services across the network.

"Along with Network Rail colleagues, our teams have been working flat out to keep people moving where possible, but we faced extreme conditions in different parts of the country which resulted in significant disruption. The safety of our staff and passengers is our top priority. We're sorry to customers who experienced disruption to their journey as a result of this storm. The vast majority of the network is now open. However, we'd encourage customers who plan to travel to check their journey before setting off, and keep an eye on our website, mobile app, or social media channels for live updates.”