Weather warning issued for central Scotland

Drivers, commuters and pedestrians are being warned to expect disruptions due to severe weather. Picture: Michael Gillen
Drivers, commuters and pedestrians are being warned to expect disruptions due to severe weather. Picture: Michael Gillen

Drivers and pedestrians are being urged to take precautions as gale force winds are expected to cause severe disruptions today.

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warnings as much of Scotland is expected to be affected with disruptions to travel and power.

A meeting of the Scottish Government’s resilience team was held yesterday with representatives from Transport Scotland, SEPA, the Met Office and other key organisations.

Transport Scotland has activated the Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) to monitor conditions with Police Scotland to provide updates throughout the day, while the gales are expected to last until tomorrow.

Steve Willington, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Very strong winds are likely to affect northern and central parts of the UK from early Wednesday and last through until early Thursday as a very deep low pressure system moves slowly eastwards between Scotland and Iceland.

“A period of severe gales is likely over northern and central Britain, as well as the potential for storm force winds over north western coastal areas of Scotland.”

Network Rail has cancelled train services and passengers have been urged to check timetables before travelling.

David Dickson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “Safety has to be our first consideration during severe weather and we are withdrawing a limited number of services until the worst of the storms have passed.

“We will be monitoring conditions on the ground closely throughout the night and into the morning and will have teams in place across the country to react quickly to any damage caused by the weather.

“We are working closely with the train operators and other industry partners to do everything we can to reduce disruption, while also operating a safe network for passengers.”

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling, especially along more exposed coastal areas.”

Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area on the SEPA website or sign up to the Floodline direct warning service by calling 0345 988 1188.