110mph winds bring rail closures across Scotland


Scotland has experienced widespread travel disruption after being battered by 110mph winds overnight, with Scotrail suspending all services at one point.

In a statement the train operator has said services are returning now including Edinburgh - Falkirk High - Glasgow Queen Street trains on a half hourly frequency.

However the vast majority of ScotRail services are still suspended to allow Network Rail to check the lines are safe for trains to run. Latest information can be found on the website here.

The gale-force winds, which also brought gusts of 60-70mph to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have caused wider disruption bringing down trees and overturning high-sided vehicles on the roads.

The Guardian reports that bad weather led to delays to CrossCountry trains between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle while a van blew over just before 1am on the Forth Road Bridge prompting its closure. Overnight a lorry was reported to have been blown over on the M6 motorway.

Drivers are being warned to keep speeds down and that there is a risk of debris on the roads. High-sided vehicles are advised to avoid using the Ouse Bridge on the M62 in Yorkshire.

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