Weather latest: Hurricane-force gales cause chaos for commuters

Falkirk High station was empty at 8.30 a.m. this morning as rail serives were suspended due to bad weather. Picture: Michael Gillen
Falkirk High station was empty at 8.30 a.m. this morning as rail serives were suspended due to bad weather. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Update: Rail services now calling at all Falkirk district stations. A half-hourly service is calling at Falkirk High.

Hurricane-force gales caused chaos for thousands of commuters across Scotland today as rail services were suspended.

Falkirk High, Polmont and Larbert stations were all deserted when they would usually be heaving with passengers as ScotRail cancelled trains so engineers could ensure tracks were free of debris.

Much of the country was hit by gusts of 100mph overnight, felling trees and causing power cuts in certain areas.

Traffic on all motorways through central Scotland was slow moving with tailbacks in places.

Kincardine Bridge is open to all traffic but the Forth Road Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles after a van was blown onto its side earlier.

By mid-morning most rail services, including trains from Larbert to Glasgow and Stirling, had returned to normal.

But there was confusion at Falkirk High as ScotRail initially announced that trains would call at Falkirk Grahamston. Shortly after, the rail operator said they would begin calling at Falkirk High once more.

By 11.30 a.m., large crowds of people were standing waiting on the platforms - only for ScotRail to announce that trains would be sent to Falkirk Grahamston due to debris on the line.

Services are expected to return normal later today.

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