May 26, 2022

Network Rail engineers are examining more than 1,400 miles of Scottish railways, and ScotRail said services would not run until the lines were secured for reopening.

Due to the Met Office’s amber weather warnings for strong winds, final services departed for most parts of Scotland before 4pm on Thursday as winds and rain uprooted trees and blew debris off the tracks. ۔

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The Meteorological Department said Scotland was hit by strong winds as Hurricane Dudley swept across the country, with gusts of up to 74 mph recorded in Drummond, South Lanarkshire.

Scott Rail tweeted Thursday morning that due to Hurricane Dudley and strong winds and heavy rain, passenger services were withdrawn around 10 a.m., including Aberdeen and Inverness, Edinburgh to Dunbar and Edinburgh to Glasgow. Between Queen Street. Through Falkirk High.

He tweeted: “Due to the early closure of #StormDudley, we are working hard to restore and run our services as soon as possible.

“Because @networkrailscot engineers carry out safety checks, our services will not run until the lines are safely cleared for reopening.”

The line between Kilwinning and Largs was severely damaged, and the network confirmed that trains were not likely to run in the area.

Train and ferry passengers have been disrupted since Hurricane Dudley, with most Scott Rail services withdrawn by 10 a.m.

David Simpson, ScotRail Alliance’s director of operations, said the storm had a “significant” impact on the network, but work was under way to restore services.

He told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program: “We have suffered some significant overnight damage, overhead power lines, fallen trees, damaged equipment.

“We’ve worked hard all night to clear it, so there are plenty of avenues open in the next few hours.”

Mr Simpson said the whole country was affected.

He added: “We damaged the overhead power lines in Kilwining, which affected services to the lags. There were strong winds, they hit most of them. The main belt is down southwest, so it has had a significant impact on the network. “

Ferry passengers also suffered.

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Caledonian MacBrayne tweeted that a number of ferry services are responsible for interruption or cancellation on short notice.

Network Rail said its track inspections are well underway and teams from across the network are inspecting more than 1,400 miles of track.

There is a yellow snow warning for the Highlands and Western Isles until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Sweeney warned that Hurricane Dudley and Hurricane Younis on Friday would make the coming days “very difficult”.

He said: “We expect another round of disruption this week, with strong winds coming to Scotland with Hurricane Dudley and Eunice.

“Strong winds can cause problems on roads and bridges, power outages and the risk of falling trees.

“We urge everyone to plan their trip in advance, take precautions on the road, and follow the latest travel tips.”

“This will be the fourth week of extreme and unprecedented weather,” said Robert Morrison, CalMac’s director of operations.

“We shared last week that this is happening at a time when other factors are affecting our service – including technical glitches, overhauls, and the persistent but minimal effects of CoVID-19.

“We know we can’t control every factor, but we want to reassure our customers that we understand how much you and the communities we serve depend on our services.

“Ensuring the work of Ferries is our priority and we are working hard to ensure that we maximize the impact of this disruption and protect the lifeline service we provide. Do. “

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