High Winds Travel Chaos

December 5, 2013 by  

High Winds Travel Chaos, Flood warnings: Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, Dunbar and West Barns| Rail services resume.

HUGE gales whipped the Capital today, causing disruption to the transport network and temporarily closing the Forth Road Bridge to all vehicles.

Overnight, winds of up to 80mph toppled trees, flooded carriageways, and forced the cancellation of all train services.

A fallen tree partially blocked Old Dalkeith Road near Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a while, but it was later removed by the city roads department.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service East Delivery area has responded to 63 incidents this morning from 7am to 10am.

Five of these incidents were road traffic collisions, two were trees on vehicles and 12 for dangerous structures.

A flood warning has been issued for Portobello Esplanade. High tide level on Friday morning combined with the weather conditions means flooding is possible from the sea.

Network Rail has now re-opened rail lines from Edinburgh to both Glasgow Queen Street and Dunbar, with ScotRail services starting on both routes from 1.30pm.

ScotRail said there would be a “gradual phased reintroduction” of more routes as other parts of the network were given the green light.

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