Today in the Highlands, Extreme weather is causing delays for rail travelers – while a large road remains out of commission.
Owing to the heavy rain, ScotRail has cautioned against disruptions and improvements in services around a range of services, including the world-famous West Highland Line and the Highland Main Line.
Delays on services between Edinburgh and Inverness, Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh, Glasgow and Inverness, Glasgow and Mallaig, Glasgow and Oban, Inverness and Wick are expected until the end of the day.
“Due to the predicted bad weather, we expect services across Scotland to be affected,” a ScotRail spokesperson said, adding that due to the heavy rain, speed limits on the lines have been reduced.
The ongoing problems with the landslide-plagued A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful service area mean that it will remain closed, while the Old Military Road (OMR) single-lane alternative will remain closed as a safety measure during Tuesday due to the onset of heavy rain. This leaves a 60-mile detour for motorists.
The alerts come as a yellow weather alert in parts of the Highlands has remained in place.
The Met Office has warned that potential flooding is possible along with disruption to travel in areas.
It said that bus and train services with longer travel times will be affected. The meteorologist said there was a slight risk that flooded roads might cut some communities off.
The warning from the weather bureau, which remains in place until 3 p.m. Much of Ross-shire, the Black Isle, southern Sutherland, Inverness-shire west of the Great Glen and most of Lochaber were extended on Wednesday. It reaches into Argyll & Bute and Loch Lomond to the south.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is currently issuing 11 flood warnings and five flood warnings for parts of Caithness and Sutherland; Central Scotland, Tayside, Abereenshire and Aberdeen City, Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, Easter Ross and the Great Glen; Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside; Skye and Lochaber; Wester Ross and the Western Islands.
ScotRail has said that northbound trains would not stop at Thurso from Inverness to Wick.
YELLOW @metoffice warning of heavy rain in place until 3pm tomorrow. Teams are on high alert to respond to any issues across the network – please travel accordingly to conditions when out and about. More info here: https://t.co/fwrihDIb19 pic.twitter.com/ZCANQQffPR
– BEAR NW Trunk Roads (@NWTrunkRoads) November 17, 2020.