STORMY WEATHER CAUSES CHAOS ON ROADS AND RAILWAYS

Lorries topple, trains off and Christmas markets shut by storm

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Two HGVs toppled on the A1 in East Lothian. Police photograph

It’s wet and windy out there and unsafe for both motorists and pedestrians on the A82 Loch Lomondside road.

BBC Scotland are reporting that all train services have been cancelled between Dalmuir and Helensburgh after high winds drove waves over the sea wall at Craigendoran causing floods and making the railway line impassable.

Drivers have been warned to take care on the roads as Scotland is battered with heavy rain and strong winds.

The Met Office issued weather warnings across much of Scotland and the north of England with gusts up to 50mph forecast.

Three lorries crashed and two were blown over, forcing the closure of an East Lothian road.

Edinburgh Christmas Market and Edinburgh Castle were both closed due to the severe weather.

The HGVs were travelling on the A1 between Skateraw and Innerwick at about 07:45 when they toppled.

Police and fire services are at the scene and both north and southbound carriageways have been blocked.

It is unclear whether anyone has been injured however ambulance crews are in attendance. A spokeswoman for the fire service said the incident was ongoing.

Diversions are in place via the A68 and A697 through the Scottish Borders.

Another lorry toppled on the same route 20 miles from the first crash scene at Haddington.

Police have advised motorists to avoid the A1 altogether.

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Christmas market confirmed at 09:00 that all rides, Santa’s grotto and the market would not operate until further notice.

Edinburgh Castle has also been closed – Historic Environment Scotland said they would monitor conditions and post updates on social media.

ScotRail tweeted platform one at Haymarket had been closed while possible damage was investigated. Engineers were called out to carry out a safety check.

And in Fife, a double decker bus was pictured hanging off a grass verge between Kingseat and Cowdenbeath – locals said the vehicle had been blown off road.

Motorists have been hit with delays following crashes elsewhere including one on the M80 near Haggs, Falkirk, and another on the M80 near Robroyston, Glasgow.

Elsewhere;

  • Police in Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway, told motorists to expect standing water on the roads and to leave larger gaps between vehicles.
  • Trains have been cancelled between between Kilwinning, Largs and Ardrossan Harbour due to high waves at Saltcoats.
  • The Tay Road Bridge is only open to cars with speed limits at 30mph.
  • Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has warned of disruption, or the potential for disruption, to 26 of its 28 west coast routes.
  • NorthLink Ferries also cancelled a number of services between Aberdeen and Lerwick and between Scrabster and Stromness – many of which have been rescheduled for Thursday.
  • Fallen trees blocked roads in Gourock, Inverclyde, and at Ardgarten, Argyll and Bute.
  • In the Highlands, Gairloch’s primary and high school have been closed due to the bad weather.
  • And police in the Western Isles have warned of high winds affecting travel on the A866 Braighe road causeway in Isle of Lewis. Police said the route was “passable with care”.

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