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A1 will close again to lorries as high winds hit Scotland

The A1 will be closed to lorries and double-decker buses between the border and Old Craighall in Edinburgh.

Overturned: One of two lorries which overturned on the A1 earlier this week. Glass to Sand Ltd
Overturned: One of two lorries which overturned on the A1 earlier this week.

Part of a major road will be closed to high-sided vehicles on Saturday, with high winds expected in Scotland.

Lorries and double-decker buses will be banned from the A1 between the border and Old Craighall in Edinburgh due to safety reasons.

The decision comes days after two lorries overturned on the road – one at the Belhaven junction and another at the Thorntonloch Beach junction – on Tuesday afternoon.

The A1 had been closed to all vehicles between Haddington and Thistly Cross, but some drivers were ignoring the restrictions.

Shortly before 9pm on Friday night, it was announced the Forth Road Bridge was closed to double-decker buses, motorcycles, vehicles with trailers, cyclists and pedestrians.

This was due to winds exceeding 50mph.

STV meteorologist Seán Batty said the situation across Scotland could be “very similar” to that experienced earlier in the week, with gusts of winds in the south-east of the country potentially reaching 60-65mph.

He said: “Scotland is expected to experience very windy conditions, with severe gales developing across the northwest of the country – although the winds will slowly ease down during the day on Saturday.

“This situation is very similar to the one we had on Tuesday. We can expect turbulence to develop over our hills and mountains, leading to mountain lee waves.

“This basically just means we will again see gusty winds in eastern areas for the likes of Aberdeenshire, Lothian and the Borders.

“This again brings a risk for high-sided vehicles driving on roads such as the A1 and for those crossing Forth and Tay bridges. Gusts of winds in the southeast of the country could reach 60 to 65mph.

“While the wind is down on Saturday, it’s expected to remain blustery on Sunday with further spell of wind and potentially stormy conditions on Monday and Tuesday, with a snow risk over higher ground.”


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