Scotland

Two lorries overturn on A1 after road closed amid high winds

Overturned lorries Image copyright Traffic Scotland
Image caption Traffic Scotland said two lorries had overturned on the road

Two lorries have overturned on the A1, despite the road being closed to high-sided vehicles due to severe winds.

The road was shut to all traffic between Haddington and Thistly Cross on Tuesday, and was closed to high-sided vehicles along its whole route between Edinburgh and the English border.

However, Police Scotland said some drivers had been ignoring the warnings.

A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning is in place for strong south westerly winds between 05:00 and 21:00.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionTrampoline! Drivers surprised after high winds hit Scotland

Traffic Scotland reported one overturned vehicle on the A1 between Thistly Cross and the Spott Roundabout, and another at Thorntonloch.

In Culloden, near Inverness, drivers saw a trampoline blow across the road.

Insp Peter Houston, of Police Scotland, described the conditions as "atrocious".

He told the BBC: "We have two high sided vehicles blown over despite the road being closed to high sided vehicles.

"Drivers are continuing to ignore police warnings that the road is closed."

Rail travel into and out of Edinburgh proved difficult during the evening rush hour after high winds caused an overhead line to come down at Haymarket Station.

The electric wire rendered platform one unusable.

Network Rail said engineers were at the scene but that trains would need to cross over to platform three and back again.

ScotRail warned of delays and advised passengers that tickets would be accepted on some First Bus routes.

Image copyright Network Rail Scotland
Image caption An overhead electrical line came down at Haymarket Station in Edinburgh

During the day, gusts reached 74mph in Barra, with winds recorded at 70mph in Inverbervie and 65mph at The Forth Bridges.

Strong winds caused delays on the Friarton, Erskine and Dornoch bridges and the Kessock and Skye bridges were closed to high sided vehicles.

Double decker buses are being kept off the Tay Road Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge remains closed to motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.

The Queensferry Crossing remains open to all motorway traffic, thanks to its wind shielding.

Ferry firms warned of major disruption to sailings.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said it was prepared for any impact to its power supplies.

It said storm force winds and heavy rain could affect the Western Isles, north west Highlands and Argyll.

SSEN said its weather modelling suggested wind gusts of up to 80mph were possible in exposed western areas.

West coast ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has warned of potential disruption to its services.

Almost all CalMac's 28 routes were affected by bad weather on Monday, and the company has warned customers of possible delays and cancellations on Tuesday.

All sailings on its Ullapool to Stornoway passenger service on Tuesday have been cancelled, and CalMac warned of possible disruption to the freight service on the same route.

Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Network Rail said waves were hitting the sea wall at Saltcoats on Tuesday morning but trains were still running as normal

Among other sailings cancelled were Ardmhor to Eriskay and the Oban, Coll and Tiree service.

Northlink Ferries said bad weather could affect its sailings between Aberdeen and Orkney and Shetland and across the Pentland Firth through to Thursday.

Network Rail Scotland said it was keeping a "close eye" on coastal areas like Saltcoats in Ayrshire where the railway line has been affected by a rough weather coming at the same time as a high tide.

The company said waves were hitting the Saltcoats sea wall on Tuesday morning but trains were still running normally.

The travel warnings follow high winds on Monday, which affected some CalMac services and closed Edinburgh Zoo.

Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre said it had experienced "extremely high winds" and the site would be closed on Tuesday.

Another snowsports centre, Nevis Range near Fort William, was unable to operate its gondola system on Monday due to high winds.

Travel news for Scotland

For the latest on the situation on the roads, visit BBC Scotland Travel

You can also follow the BBC Scotland severe weather Twitter list, and BBC Scotland Weather

Alternatively, for regular local travel updates listen live to BBC Radio Scotland.

Below are a number of other traffic information sources for road, rail and ferry services.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites