Connections to and from The Far North Line
With the introduction of the new Highland Main Line timetable in December 2011, some connections with the Far North Line have changed. Connecting from the FNL is greatly improved in the afternoon as the very tight 5-minute connection which the 12:.36 from Wick had with the former 16:53 is now extended to 34 minutes, although, inevitably, arrival in Edinburgh and Glasgow is now half an hour later.
The tight six-minutes evening connection out of the 16:00 from Wick remains, and the morning connection from the 0:20 from Wick is reduced from 12 to 10 minutes, with no train to fill the 11:4x gap south from Inverness as a back-up. Passengers arriving on the 06:34 from Lairg now have a reduced wait of 31 rather than 66 minutes for a train south.
There are no significant alterations to northbound connections. The connection into the 10:38 to Wick remains as a tight ten minutes. On Sundays there is a new 55-minute northbound connection with the 15:21 to Tain. The 14:00 from Tain gives a 13-minute connection with the new 15:20 to Edinburgh.