Widespread travel disruption as storm with 80mph gusts set to hit Scotland

A Met Office yellow weather warning for wind comes into force across Scotland from midnight on Wednesday.

Scotland has been hit with widespread travel disruption as dangerous conditions are expected across the country from midnight.

The Met Office confirmed a yellow weather warning is set to come into force across the whole of Scotland from midnight on Wednesday and is due to last until around 9pm on Thursday.

Gusts reaching 50-60mph are expected widely, and even 70-80mph winds could hit populated areas.

The weather network said there is a chance that injuries and “danger to life” could occur, and that short term loss of power and other services could also be expected.

The stormy weather is causing travel disruption to road, rail and ferry transport.

Network Rail has warned that speed restrictions have been imposed across the country, due to the danger that high winds pose to lines.

A spokesperson said: “High winds can cause branches, trees and objects from further away to fall onto the tracks, damaging overhead wires and blocking the railway. This is why sometimes we need to slow down trains to keep you safe.”

ScotRail confirmed that speed restrictions will be in place between Glasgow Queen Street – Mallaig and Glasgow Queen Street – Oban.

Ferry operator CalMac also confirmed there would be weather disruption across the network on Wednesday, with around 30 services confirmed to be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.

You can check the full list of services affected here.

Finlay MacRae, head of operations at CalMac, said: “While we can’t control the impact from weather, we do have a committed team working hard to reduce the impact on our communities and customers wherever we can. Our crew will monitor the situation and respond to limited weather windows by operating untimetabled services whenever they can do so safely.

“We are continually reviewing options to ensure the best service possible for customers and communities during this period and we fully appreciate how difficult this can be, especially during the holiday period.

“Please monitor updates with the latest information via the service status and information pages on our website, our service status app and our Twitter page @CalMac_Updates.

“CalMac continues to work with local communities to ensure their priorities around the transportation of goods and services are understood and supported, and dedicated frontline staff are talking to our regular customers daily to make sure that, where possible, essential goods and services are being moved.”

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