On Sunday 11 June the signalling system in Inverness was disrupted by a lightning strike which caused a loss of power. The strike took place in the early evening and Network Rail reported that all night shift staff were on the site including the Mobile Operations Manager and permanent way and signalling & telecommunications staff. The nature of the fault proved difficult to diagnose and technical support was required to assist those on the ground.
Trains into Inverness from the south were unable to go beyond Aviemore, but passengers travelling from Aberdeen were luckier as the new station and signalling at Inverness Airport Station allowed trains to terminate within reach of the city.
Another, perhaps less obvious, benefit of the new station.