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Important travel News if visiting Scotland

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35001277
If visiting Scotland especially the east side of the country over the next month then Bad news.The Forth Road Bridge is closed, this is a major problem for travellers in the east of the country .If you are visiting the area and are hoping to travel a bit be aware that there will be major traffic delays as well as huge diversions . No idea how buses will get on but trains will still be running but are likely to be very busy especially on routes to and from Edinburgh and the Fife area.

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Uncle Gus has got it.

This seems like a story that will only get much worse for a long time.

First they were talking about one crack, and closed for a few days. Then they said that some cables at the top had snapped and it would be until after Christmas. Then they said they had had to take everybody working on the bridge off the bridge and it could be many months.

The Scottish government have said that they are considering a ferry, they want to strengthen the trains going over the rail bridge to carry some of the load, and they want to put in park-and-rides.

What I want to know is what is happening to all the road freight?

And with yet another named storm arriving tonight, welcome to Desmond.

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most vehicles at the moment will be detoured through Kincardine bridge, though those going further north will probably head up via Stirling then cut across . Regardless it is going to be a real mess.
I think plans will be sorted out over the weekend and we will know more about what is happening by Monday.
Just glad I am not having to deal with it, I live and work in Edinburgh and can walk to and from home and work in 30 minutes.

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So, I had hoped to go to Scotland next weekend, but it didn't work out. Maybe it's just as well! Although, my Scotland drought is getting a bit lengthy at this point!

Pam

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According to BBC news this morning, many parts of the U.K. (including parts of Scotland) are going to be facing severe flood warnings over the next while. For those planning to visit in the near future, it would be prudent to check the weather warnings.

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The Forth Road Bridge has opened for cars although not high goods vehicles.

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Virgin Trains West Coast (via Carlisle) has cancelled all services north of Carlisle into Scotland due to Storm Frank flooding and washing out the line. Again.

They have announced that their tickets will be accepted on Virgin Trains East Coast and on Scotrail between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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I drove from Edinburgh to Liverpool and back in the last few days and it has been a bit of a struggle though I was fortunate enough to be on motorway most of the way but even then there was a lot of standing water about and in the area around Carlisle massive flooding could be seen and I was no where near the city.we have a massive amount of rain over the last few days and we are in the middle of another storm , wet and windy at the moment but things in Edinburgh area where I live is set to improve. the North of England and especially Carlisle and York have been hit really hard and are areas bet avoided , a bridge was washed out in Tadcaster causing massive problems,Take care out there if you are travelling.