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05.12.13

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

There is serious disruption to train services due to stormy weather today, especially in Scotland where Network Rail has closed the entire network.

It blamed “the huge amount of debris – trampolines, hay bales, trees – on the tracks”.

There have been blizzards and wind speeds of more than 110mph, with the west of Scotland badly affected, and floods likely on both coasts.

Last night ScotRail announced a number of cancellations but said a limited timetable would run on key commuter routes. But this morning, Network Rail has closed the entire network.

It tweeted: “We've had to do that for safety's sake, due to the debris on the tracks it wouldn't be safe to run trains.”

David Dickson, Network Rail area director for the west of Scotland, said: “Safety is our number one priority during such severe weather. We will be monitoring conditions on the ground closely.”

Scotland’s transport minister Keith Brown said: “I would urge the travelling public to consider the conditions before they set-off on their journeys. Indications are that bridges across the country will be affected by the strong winds and closures are expected during the morning peak period.

“People should listen to radio reports or visit the Traffic Scotland website or twitter feed, and carefully consider police advice.”

More on the disruptions across Scotland and England here: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/64253.aspx

The routes and services disrupted are:

East Coast trains between York and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

All ScotRail routes

First TransPennine Express trains between York and Newcastle, also between Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Airport and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

CrossCountry trains between York and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

Virgin Trains between Preston and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

Many Northern Rail routes

Grand Central trains between Sunderland and York

(Image, via Network Rail, shows a tree on the line south of Moulinearn level crossing)

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