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Train services resume after heavy flooding on West Coast main line

 

Train services resume after heavy flooding on West Coast main lineBy Gordon Darroch 23 June 2012 10:56 BST from: http://news.stv.tv/scotland/107656-trains-delayed-by-heavy-flooding-on-west-coast-main-line/
 
No way through: The line north of Carlisle was under five metres of water in places.Virgin Trains   
  Train services on the West Coast main line have resumed after being disrupted by heavy flooding.

National Rail Enquiries said the line had reopened between Dumfries and Carlisle, but warned services would continue to be delayed by about 10 minutes until at least 4pm on Saturday.

Some trains between Glasgow Central and London Euston have been cancelled as a result of the bad weather, with replacement buses also unable to run.

Flood water on the line reached 5m deep in places after torrential overnight rain.

Virgin Trains said affected passengers could travel on the East Coast line or use their tickets on Sunday.

On the roads, Transport Scotland warned motorists in Tayside, Fife, the Central Belt and southern Scotland to drive carefully because of the risk of local flooding.

The A83 road at Rest and Be Thankful, in Argyll, was closed on Saturday because of the high risk of a landslip.

Traffic was diverted via Tyndrum, Dalmally and Inveraray, adding up to 60 miles to journeys. The road was reopened shortly after lunch but drivers were warned to take care.

It is the fourth time the Rest and Be Thankful pass has been closed in the last few years because of landslips, most recently last December.

In the Borders, an 80-year-old motorist was taken to hospital after his car crashed in heavy rain on the A6112 between Preston and Duns.

Flood risk

Forecasters warn more rain could be on the way in central and northern parts of the country on Saturday afternoon.

Conditions are expected to improve on Sunday, with temperatures rising to 19C in the south and 15C in the west.

Rain and high winds have been creating hazardous driving conditions on the M90 Friarton Bridge in Perth.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood alerts in the Borders, north-east Scotland, the west coast and Speyside.

Rivers in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway are rising and could be swollen further as more rain is forecast on Saturday night.

Eddleston Water in Peebles and Lyme water near Romannobridge are also at risk of flooding, though water levels have peaked and are expected to fall through Saturday.

Heavy downpours could also cause flash floods in Easter Ross, the Great Glen and the Spey valley.

MORE INFORMATION

Traffic Scotland websitehttp://trafficscotland.org/

National Rail Enquirieshttp://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/indicator.html

SEPA latest flood alertshttp://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

 

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