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Flooding and high winds cause disruption to north and north-east travel network

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Adverse weather is currently causing issues across the travel network with trains and ferries disrupted due to heavy rainfall and high winds.

A replacement bus service has been put on for those wishing to travel between Aberdeen and Inverness for the duration of the day with a Met Office yellow warning in place for much of the north west Highlands, including the Western Isles.

Motorists travelling on the A82 Inverness to Fort William road are also advised that heavy flooding in the area at South Laggan is currently affecting the route.

Debris on the carriageway had forced a full closure, however, the road reopened around 2.30pm.

The 10.20am ScotRail service from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness has also been cancelled.

Damage to overhead power lines, the embankment and flooding near Falkirk caused by the recent severe weather is also having a knock on effect for those wishing to travel on the Highland Sleeper to and from Inverness.

The route is currently being diverted via Kirkcaldy until further notice.

ScotRail has said guests wishing to travel should book to or from Perth, or use the lowlander service to and from Edinburgh.

Twenty-eight of the 29 Caledonian MacBrayne operated ferry services are also facing disruption with the Mallaig/Oban to Lochboisdale route cancelled for the remainder of the day.

Cal Mac said: “Due to adverse weather in Mallaig this morning and later in Lochboisdale, all today’s sailings have been cancelled.”

The Mallaig to Small Isles service today to Canna has also been cancelled due to “high south westerly winds gusting up to 47mph and swell conditions”.

Services between Mallaig and Armadale have also been cancelled.

Yellow be aware warnings are also in place for the Oban, Colonsay, Port Askaig to Kennacraig route and the Oban to Coll and Tiree routes, with Cal Mac warning that services may be “liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice” due to the weather conditions.

 

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