Trains suspended and major roads closed as heavy rain batters Scotland

Three weeks' worth of rain could fall across parts of the country this weekend with people urged not to travel unless necessary.

Scots are facing widespread travel disruption this weekend as heavy rain batters parts of the country.

Severe flood warnings have been issued for a number of areas across Scotland amid rain which started on Saturday and continued into Sunday.

The Met Office said an amber weather warning will be in place for a large part of central Scotland, while a yellow weather warning covers most of the country.

The amber warning for rain covers Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Lochaber, parts of Stirling, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

It came into force at 3am on Saturday and continues until 6am on Sunday.

SEPA flood alerts across 14 parts of Scotland

Up to three weeks of rain is set to fall causing widespread life-threatening flooding across much of Scotland.STV News

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued 14 flood alerts across the country this weekend.

They are:

  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
  • Argyll and Bute
  • Ayrshire and Arran
  • Central
  • Dundee and Angus
  • Easter Ross and Great Glen
  • Edinburgh and Lothians
  • Fife
  • Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside
  • Scottish Borders
  • Skye and Lochaber
  • Tayside
  • West Central Scotland
  • Wester Ross

Check SEPA’s flood alert website for the latest warnings and advice here.

Train disruption as several services cancelled

ScotRail said most of its services will face disruption due to bad weather this weekend.Getty Images

ScotRail has said most of its routes will face disruption while no trains or replacement buses will run on the following lines:

  • Mallaig/Fort William/Oban – Glasgow
  • Helensburgh Central/Balloch – Dalmuir
  • Perth – Inverness
  • Edinburgh / Glasgow Queen Street – Inverness
  • Glasgow Queen Street – Oban / Mallaig
  • Aberdeen – Inverurie
  • Inverness – Elgin
  • Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh

Customers have been advised to travel only when necessary, to expect delays, and to check their journey before setting off.

Updates on ScotRail’s services can be found on the company website, app or social media pages.

Customers whose journey has been cancelled or disrupted due to the weather can travel one day before or two days after the date on their ticket.

Fee-free refunds will also be given where this is not applicable.

LNER said there would be no trains north of Newcastle over the weekend while Avanti West Coast said its services won’t run further than Preston.

TransPennine Express said customers with tickets between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh are advised not to travel and to claim a full refund.

Major road closures amid flooding and landslides

The A83 between Tarbet and Inveraray due to multiple landslips.   Traffic Scotland

A number of major roads in Scotland are closed due to flooding and landslides, including:

  • A83 between Tarbert and Inverary
  • A815 between Dunoon and A83
  • A816 between Lochgilphead and Oban
  • A85 at Loch Awe

“Drivers are urged to take care on the roads and avoid unnecessary travel,” Police Scotland said.
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