Delays and cancellations on ScotRail services as Storm Hector hits

Scotrail (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Scotrail (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

STORM Hector has caused travel misery for many commuters this morning on Scotland’s rail network.

ScotRail say services in Strathclyde have been subject to ‘severe disruption’ due to damage to overhead wires and lines being blocked by fallen trees.

The line running through Glasgow Central low level has been closed for the time being due to overhead line damage at Rutherglen.

And video footage shared online by Network Rail showed the blustery scene at Saltcoats, where the track runs close to the battered shoreline.

The strong winds have caused water to come over the sea-wall, hitting and damaging overhead wires.

Several lines have been blocked by debris, with fallen trees causing most of the problems.

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

Teams with chainsaws have been sent out to try to deal with some of the issues.

Overhead line engineers and track staff have also been attending sites to assess the damage, but repairs can only begin once it’s safe to do so and the wind has dropped.

If you are still to travel this morning or later today, the advice is to check ScotRail’s journey planner before heading out.

Around 110 services have been subject to disruption so far this morning.

Many roads have also been blocked by debris, and ferry services are subject to delay of cancellation.

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 Queensferry Crossing is currently open to all vehicles except double-decker buses, and the Clackmannashire Bridge is now open to all vehicles.

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

The Met Office yellow weather warning, predicting of winds up to 70mph in some parts, is in place across the country until this afternoon.

The storm, bringing wet as well as windy weather, will move across Scotland and the north of England throughout the morning, and the yellow warning remains in place until 3pm.

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.”