Travel disruption as Storm Hector sweeps across Scotland


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CalMac says some of its services have been cancelled

Travellers are being warned about possible disruption as Storm Hector sweeps across Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning for Scotland with high wind gusts expected until 15:00.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne said gusts of 70mph had been forecast in some exposed west coast locations.

The South Uist service from Mallaig to Lochboisdale has been cancelled for the day and there will be no services to Tiree.

A number of other sailings are affected including Northlink’s afternoon sailings to and from Scrabster and Stromness.

Ferry cancellations

Pentland Ferries said its evening sailings between Gills Bay and St Margaret’s Hope in South Ronaldsay will depart an hour early as will the return journey.

Orkney Ferries said its afternoon services are currently under review.

Some train services have also been affected.

The Glasgow Queen St to Oban services have been disrupted by a tree blocking the line at Dalmally.

The weather is also affecting trains through Saltcoats, with disruption to Largs and Ardossan Harbour services.

Overhead line problems between Garrowhill and Drumgelloch will disrupt Helensburgh to Balloch services along with Edinburgh to Milngavie via Airdrie. Some bus services are in place.

Fallen trees

Customers have been urged to check ferry and train information before travelling.

There have also been a number of fallen trees, including one which earlier blocked the M8 westbound at the Erskine Bridge.

The A912 Falkland to Strathmiglo road was also closed due to a fallen tree.

CalMac’s director of service delivery David Gibson, said: “As always when stormy weather is forecast, people should check their travel arrangements before leaving the house.”

He said even after the weather conditions become calmer, disruption could continue for a while.

Police in Lothian and Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have advised people to make sure any loose garden furniture is secure to prevent it from being blown into roads, or damaging property.



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