It was reported on Friday evening that the Caledonian Sleeper will be withdrawing services on two routes: Aberdeen and Fort William.

The suspensions take effect from this coming Sunday March 22 according to The Scotsman.

Only the services linking London Euston to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness (and vice versa) will continue to operate.

The Scotsman reports the service reduction is down to staff sickness and the need for extra cleaning of trains and stations.

On its website Caledonian Sleeper explains that all its station lounges will be closed until further notice.

These include those lounges operated by other train firms like Edinburgh (LNER lounge), London Euston (Avanti West Coast) and Glasgow Central (Avanti West Coast) which Caledonian Sleeper’s customers also use.

As regards catering arrangements Caledonian Sleeper says its Club Car will be closed until further notice.

Food and drink will be offered instead via room service and guests are welcome to bring along their own food and beverage which must be consumed only in their rooms. Passengers taking the seated accommodation can consume their own food and drink in the seated coach.

All onboard payments must be made by credit or debit cards.

Readers planning daytime rail travel on Anglo-Scottish routes should note that three main operators – LNER, Avanti West Coast and Transpennine Express – are all trimming schedules from Monday March 23 owing to a decline in demand.