Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Landslip closes main Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line

Landslip at Winchburgh Image copyright ScotRail

The main railway line between Glasgow and Edinburgh remains closed after a landslip.

Mud and rocks fell onto the line at Winchburgh in West Lothian at 12:00 as Storm Georgina swept over Scotland.

Services between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh are stopping at Linlithgow, with replacement buses between Linlithgow and Edinburgh.

There has been severe travel disruption across much of Scotland caused by heavy rain and strong winds.

ScotRail said delays and cancellations are expected until the end of the day.

'No compromise on safety'

The company urged Glasgow-Edinburgh passengers to travel via Queen St Low Level/Bathgate, or via Glasgow Central/Shotts or Carstairs.

Services between Edinburgh and Dunblane and Edinburgh and Stirling have also been affected.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf tweeted: "It should be noted that safety is the main issue here.

"Simply a matter that cannot and will not be compromised on. Landslips present a very real danger to our rail services.

"Plan will be to inform people before the evening peak of service disruptions."

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Image caption Storm Georgina has brought strong winds and heavy rain to many parts of the country

ScotRail said no peak time ticket restrictions will be in place on Wednesday evening between Edinburgh and Queen Street in both directions.

A landslip at Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway also caused the cancellation of trains between Glasgow and Carlisle and services in Ayrshire.

Engineers later cleared the debris, allowing trains to run.

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Image caption Car parks in Dumfries were flooded after the River Nith burst its banks
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Southern Scotland has been badly affected by flooding after heavy overnight rain.

In the Borders, Hawick and Jedburgh suffered major problems with parts of Peeblesshire also affected.

The River Nith burst its banks in Dumfries on Wednesday afternoon and police advised people, and especially drivers, to avoid the area.

The River Teviot and the Jed Water both spilled over their banks and some school transport was cancelled.

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Image caption Some streets in the Whitesands area of Dumfries were partially under water
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Image caption Heavy rainfail kept water levels high in Hawick

In addition, there has been disruption to ferry services, including those to Arran, Cumbrae, Lismore and Iona.

Northlink's sailings between Scrabster and Stromness have also been affected.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has flood warnings in place in many parts of the country covering Central, the Borders, Tayside, West Central Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway and Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside.