Storm Hector affects rail and roads in Scotland

14 June 2018, 10:41

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Strong winds have brought travel disruption to parts of Scotland with fallen trees affecting rail and roads.

After a prolonged period of good weather the whole country is covered by a yellow warning with Storm Hector bringing gusts of up to 70mph until 3pm on Thursday.

ScotRail said "chainsaw gangs" and overhead line teams have been deployed across the rail network to remove fallen trees and branches that are causing delays and cancellations to services.

Areas affected include Stirling, Partick, Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said Western and Northern Isles ferries have also bit affected by wind.

He tweeted: "As predicted a fair bit of travel disruption due to high winds as Storm Hector makes his presence felt - particularly on ferries & rail."

Great Western Road in Glasgow was closed for a time due to a fallen tree while the Erskine Bridge and Clyde Expressway were also affected. Pollokshaws Road in Glasgow was reduced to one lane due to a dangerous building in the strong winds.

The Forth Road Bridge was closed to double-decker buses and only cars are being allowed to cross the Tay Bridge.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "Scotland and northern England will see that swathe of strong winds move eastwards through the day.

"The wettest weather will be out of the way but there will be some blustery showers following and with the yellow warning in force disruption is possible.

"Further spells of rain will push their way into Scotland through the night before clearer skies open out by the start of Friday."