Falkirk roads blocked as trees topple

A police office at an incident on Northern Distributor Road
A police office at an incident on Northern Distributor Road
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Travel was brought to a halt on Tuesday as violent storms swept through the area.

The M9 and M876 suffered major disruption after fallen trees and an overturned lorry closed lanes and sliproads.

The Forth Road Bridge, which initially shut to high-sided vehicles, completely closed to all traffic just before 9 a.m. on the day many people were returning to work after the festive break.

Central Scotland Police urged people against travel after the Met Office issued a red wind warning.

The M9 eastbound closed between Junction 8 and 9, and also had to shut in the opposite direction to allow trees to be cleared.

Southbound, the M9 was blocked between junctions 11 and 9 for two hours so two HGVs could be recovered.

On the rail network, all services between Glasgow and Edinburgh were suspended and Edinburgh Waverley station closed for safety reasons.

The Forth and Tay rail bridges and the Erskine Bridge were also shut.

Locally, roads across the district were blocked as dozens of trees were torn down after gusts of over 90 mph attacked the region.

Routes in Grangemouth, Falkirk and Camelon all suffered delays.

Drivers heading to work along Beancross Road were forced to do a u-turn after a large tree made it impassable, and Glenfuir Road in Camelon was completely blocked by a massive tree blown out of the ground.

The top of Vicar Street in Falkirk was closed after masonry fell, and minor accidents blocked other roads in the town.

Central Scotland Police and Central Scotland Fire and Rescue had a busy day fielding calls.

Staff at police HQ in Stirling dealt with 500 incidents on Tuesday, four times more than Monday.

The fire service was also inundated with calls and was dealing with incidents throughout the day, including fallen power cables in Slamannan and structural damage to buildings caused by the wind in Bainsford.