Fallen trees, landslides and floods as rain and wind cause travel chaos

Roads have been closed and public transport services cancelled amid weather warning.

Scotland weather: Roads and railways hit with travel disruption amid heavy rain and wind STV News

Latest updates:

  • A large branch has split from a tree and crashed down upon a car in Leith
  • Two flood warnings and 13 flood alerts have been issued
  • Gusts of wind have caused trees to fall on roads in Ayrshire
  • The A827 North of Luib is currently closed due to a landslide
  • Drivers have been asked to take care on the A9 between Perth and Stirling due to heavy rain
  • Passenger ferry routes have been disrupted with dozens of sailings cancelled

Trees have fallen and roads are closed causing severe travel disruption as wet and windy weather batters parts of the country amid a yellow weather warning.

The A712 at Talnotry is closed.

Galloway police have advised the public not to travel on the A712 at Talnotry, after it was closed due to a fallen tree.

A large branch has split from a tree and crashed down upon a car in Leith STV News

Gusts of wind, which could reach up to 75mph, have caused trees to fall on roads in Ayrshire.

STV meteorologist Sean Batty said: “A very active jet stream originating from just north of Hurricane Ian has intensified a low pressure system in the Atlantic and this is what brings us these autumnal conditions today.”

Road users have been advised to plan ahead and warned to drive with care while diversions are being put in place on some roads.

The A736 Lochlibo Road was blocked in both directions north of Burnhouse on Friday afternoon.

The A827 North of Luib has been forced to close due to a landslide caused by the weather and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Road users have been urged to use caution when travelling on the Skye Bridge, Dornoch Bridge and Kessock Bridge due to high winds which have been affecting driving conditions.

Network Rail have implemented speed restrictions as a result of the weather which have been in place since 7am on Friday, causing delays to people travelling by train.

ScotRail have also implemented a blanket speed restriction across its services and have warned that several routes were likely to experience delays and cancellations throughout the day.

Routes between Edinburgh and Dunblane, Glasgow Queen Street and Aberdeen, Alloa, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness, Mallaig, Oban, and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick are likely to face delays and cancellations.

Four trees have already fallen on railway lines across Scotland and signalling faults caused by the weather are affecting travel between Stirling and Peth.

Avanti West Coast customers are able to use their ticket on services on Sunday 2 and Monday 3 October should they wish not to travel due to the weather.

Almost all CalMac passenger ferries apart have one or more sailing disrupted, with several having cancelled the routes for the remainder of the day.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have issued two flood warnings in Aberfoyle and Churchill Barriers, while 13 flood alerts are in place across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee and Angus, Easter Ross and Great Glen, Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside, the Borders, Skye and Lochaber, Tayside, West Central Scotland and Wester Ross.

Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind were issued by the Met Office for much of Scotland and have been in place since the early hours of Friday morning.

The warnings are expected to expire mid-afternoon on Friday.

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