Gale force winds for Scotland travellers

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Car Rental News - 29/12/2011


Strong and dangerous winds are expected across much of Scotland on Thursday.

A warning issued by the Met Office late on Wednesday said that gusts reaching up to 90mph were possible through much of the day, which promise to wreak havoc on the country’s transport network.

Officials from Transport Scotland said it was likely the Forth and Tay bridges would be closed; wind speeds of up to 87mp per hour were recorded at Tay bridge on Wednesday whilst 70mph gusts caused travel problems in Tiree. The main urban areas saw severe conditions as well; 53mph winds raced across the Scottish capital on Wednesday whilst Glasgow saw gusts exceeding 60mph.

Motorists throughout many parts of Scotland are being urged to drive with extreme care, particularly in the coastal areas due to risk of flooded roadways.

Transport officials also said that most ferry services would be disrupted, but Network Rail Scotland reported few problems and said that although it was managing well with the situation that passengers should call or check online before heading to the station.

Structural damage to Fir Park stadium forced SPL officials to cancel Thursday’s game between Dunfermline and Motherwell, whilst Edinburgh Castle and several landmarks in George Square in Glasgow were shut, including the big wheel and the fun fair.

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