England-Scotland Rail Line Closed as Road Bridges ‘Washed Away’ in Floods

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A cross-border obstruction enactment betwixt England and Scotland remains closed aft 2 roadworthy bridges were “washed away” amid torrential rain.

Network Rail Scotland said the bridges spanned the River Annan, northbound of the railway with trains incapable to walk implicit a viaduct, closing the Dumfries to Carlisle line.

It tweeted: “Two roadworthy bridges person been washed distant connected the stream Annan, northbound of the railway.

“We’re incapable to let trains to walk implicit the Annan Viaduct pending a daylight information inspection.

“The enactment betwixt Dumfries and Carlisle volition stay closed until further notice.”

The incidental happened aft a large incidental was declared successful Hawick successful the Scottish Borders with up to 500 properties feared to beryllium astatine hazard of flooding.

An evacuation of homes has been halted with residents advised they are harmless to instrumentality and a remainder centre closed.

The large incidental was stood down aft Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) indicated the River Teviot reached a highest of 2.9m astatine 7.30pm and is present expected to steadily recede.

Schools and a wellness centre successful the municipality were closed earlier on with schools successful Peebles which was besides deed by flooding arsenic the River Tweed burst its banks.

The Scottish Borders Council said: “The evacuation of residents has present ceased and members of the nationalist are being advised that they are harmless to instrumentality to their homes.”

Heavy rainfall and floods deed question crossed confederate Scotland and bluish England.

Weather warnings of dense rainfall are successful unit crossed confederate Scotland and bluish England, including an amber alert for Cumbria which warns of “danger to beingness from accelerated flowing oregon heavy floodwater”.

Sepa has issued 20 flood warnings and 5 flood alerts chiefly covering confederate Scotland, portion successful England 16 flood alerts and 9 flood warnings are successful spot successful the North West.

A insignificant landslide has blocked the B725 roadworthy astir six miles from Dumfries and arsenic constabulary warned of ample areas of flooding connected that roadworthy from Dumfries to Glencaple.

As good arsenic the Dumfries to Carlisle line, different trains were disrupted by the weather, including the Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High and Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa/Aberdeen/Inverness services.

An amber informing of dense rainfall for Cumbria successful north-west England was successful unit until 11.59pm connected Thursday portion a yellowish informing of rain, which besides includes Yorkshire and Humber, was successful unit from midnight until 3pm connected Friday.

A yellowish informing of rainfall for south-west England applies from 3pm connected Thursday until 9am connected Friday portion 1 is already successful unit successful Wales and lasts until 3pm connected Friday.

Cumbria Police warned immoderate roads whitethorn beryllium impassable, portion astatine astir 6am connected Thursday South Lakes constabulary tweeted the A591 Rydal to Grasmere roadworthy was not passable “due to the extent of flood waters successful respective locations” and urged radical not to instrumentality unnecessary risks and lone to question if they truly request to.

Scotland’s transport curate Graeme Dey said: “The conditions could perchance bring disruption to the trunk roadworthy and obstruction networks, truthful it’s important radical program their journeys earlier they acceptable off.

“Motorists should marque definite their routes are available, travel question proposal from Police Scotland and thrust to the conditions.”

He added: “If you are readying to question by rail, delight cheque with your relation up of your journey.

“This is peculiarly important for cross-border travellers pursuing the earlier disruption to services.”

The Met Office tweeted connected Thursday evening 370mm of rainfall had been recorded astatine Honister Pass successful Cumbria betwixt 1am connected Wednesday and 6pm connected Thursday.

It reported 132mm of rainfall astatine Eskdalemuir successful Dumfries and Galloway successful the aforesaid period.

The Met Office has predicted persistent and dense rainfall connected Friday which could go drier by the day with a hazard inactive connected dense showers.



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