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Summary

  1. Travel plans implemented after Forth Road closure
  2. ScotRail adds 6500 seats to services for Fife
  3. Transport Minister says there is capacity at park and ride sites
  4. Commuters express frustrations on social media
  5. Keep up-to-date throughout the day

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By Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's it from the Scotland Live team. We are off to find a way home.

    We do it all again from 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Canoe
  2. Met Office issues further warning - more wind and rain could cause problems on Wednesday

    Further rainfall is expected to arrive across central and southern Scotland and northern England during the early hours of Wednesday before clearing to the southeast on Thursday.

    Some very strong winds are also likely in association with this system with gusts of 60 mph possible around exposed coasts and hills. This could prove a further hazard.

    Please be aware of the potential for further disruption from flooding and to transport.

    Van stuck in flooding near Hawick
  3. How do you sort out the insurance if you have been flooded?

    Insurers say a "small army" of claims managers are at the scene of flood-hit areas, but they urge affected residents to follow advice to protect any claims.

    Rapid response teams are now sent by insurance companies to major incidents, following criticism of their reaction to the UK's 2007 deluge.

    Clearing up in Hawick
  4. Your views - one early-morning train just isn't enough during Forth Road Bridge closure

    It is not just early morning trains that are needed, my daughter works at NHS 24 in South Queensferry and works shifts, therefore needs to travel home after midnight.

    At the moment all she can do is cut her hours therefore affecting her wage coming in for the whole family.

    Surely 1 train an hour through the night isn’t too much to ask in these extreme circumstances.

  5. Aurora Borealis 'alert system' disrupted by Storm Desmond

    Aurora borealis

    AuroraWatch UK provides information on the likelihood of the aurora borealis for the UK, including Scotland, one of the best places for viewing it.

    The aurora is caused by the interaction of solar wind - a stream of charged particles escaping the Sun - and Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere.

    Heavy rain has affected University of Lancaster-based AuroraWatch.

  6. Traffic Scotland issues further advice about diversion routes around Forth crossings

  7. Your views - Traffic management should be looked at again

    This morning on my drive to work from Dunfermline to Perth, all was going well until I left the M90, heading north towards the Broxden roundabout.

    A decision had been made to make the inside lane for vehicles turning left at the roundabout to head south on the A9, the outside lane was for traffic heading north on the A9, or turning right, heading into Perth.

    The inside lane was virtually empty, the outside lane was totally congested, with miles of traffic going nowhere. Hopefully this miscalculation will be rectified before tomorrow.

  8. Workers continue to fix the Forth Road Bridge as congestion is seen on nearby roads

    Forth Road Bridge
    Image caption: Work is ongoing under the Forth Road Bridge which was closed due to the cracks
    Car jam
    Image caption: Roads around the Forth Road Bridge experienced congestion on Monday morning
    Commuters at rail station
    Image caption: Extra staff were at Inverkeithing station where more commuters used the trains
  9. Transport Scotland reminds users of 'enhanced' travel plan for Forth crossings

  10. Family to start private prosecution of driver involved in Glasgow bin lorry tragedy

    The family of Erin McQuade, Jack and Lorraine Sweeney are to commence a private prosecution of the driver involved in the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy.

    In a statement released through their lawyer, they said they are still convinced the Crown was wrong not to prosecute Harry Clarke.

    The results of a Fatal Accident Inquiry were released earlier.

    Crashed lorry
  11. Scotrail promises new early-morning train from Inverkeithing to cope with Forth Road Bridge closure

  12. Your views - still not enough space on trains over the Forth after bridge closure

  13. Your views - better balanced reporting on Forth Road Bridge closure would help

    I am concerned about all these positive commuter reports being published on your website. It gives a distorted view of the reality. Naturally, if you speak to people at their destination, they will be reasonably happy; after all, they managed to get on a train and get to where they wanted to be!

    I think a few interviews might have been conducted at station platforms throughout Fife and beyond where prospective travellers were left on the platform because the trains were already full.

    A better balance in your reporting would be welcomed. 

  14. Traffic Scotland has listed current journey times on diversion routes during Forth Road Bridge closure

  15. A handy guide to some of the ways of reducing flooding and the damage it causes

    As parts of Scotland again deal with flooding after a winter storm, questions are being asked abouthow flooding can be prevented or alleviated.

    Here are some of the main methods and principles in use.

    Hawick saw some of the worst of it on this occasion.

    Hawick flooding
  16. Your views - Traffic chaos in Dalmeny, and why not let cyclists ease delays?

  17. Forth Road Bridge operator says diversion signs have been vandalised

  18. Road haulage industry warns of costs from Forth Road Bridge closure

    Martin Reid, the Scottish Director of the Road Haulage Association, said Forth Road Bridge delays will be costly for the industry.

    He told BBC Radio Scotland: "Even the more basic journeys when you're moving from West Lothian into central Fife - journeys that would normally take 40-50 minutes are now taking two to three hours."

    Forth Road Bridge closed
  19. MSP calls for faster work to protect Hawick from flooding

    An MSP has called for work on a flood prevention scheme for Hawick to begin "immediately".

    John Lamont has written to the Scottish government after hundreds of homes were evacuated at the weekend.

    Scottish Borders Council has been working on a flood prevention scheme since 2010 and is currently developing outline designs for a preferred option.

    Hawick floods