Heavy rain and high winds disrupt travel

9 October 2018, 09:46

Rain landscape

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused disruption to travel across Scotland, affecting roads, rail and ferry services.

There were multiple collisions on commuter routes as police warned drivers of surface water, while a landslip at the Rest And Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute saw the A83 closed in both directions, leading to an almost 60-mile diversion.

Road operators said debris had been caught in one of the recently installed landslip mitigation fences across the bottom of the slope above the A83 but the road needs to be checked before it can reopen.

A shorter diversion along the Old Military Road could be opened once the road is assessed.

Elsewhere, motorists faced delays after a four-car crash on the westbound M8 at Arkleston and a further collision involving four vehicles restricted travel on the approach to the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow.

There was a lane closure on the eastbound A92 near Cowdenbeath in Fife, again due to a four-vehicle incident.

Flood warnings were in place in Strathglass and Strath Oykel in the north, and a further nine flood alerts covered areas including central Scotland, Tayside and Dumfries and Galloway.

A yellow Met Office warning for heavy rain was in place throughout Tuesday in west and central Scotland, the Highlands and Islands, Tayside and Fife.

ScotRail services were disrupted between Glasgow Central and Ayr due to a tree affecting overhead wires at Elderslie in Renfrewshire.

Some ferry sailings were disrupted or cancelled due to the weather, including services from Mallaig and Armadale.