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UK Weather: Flooding Causing Traffic Chaos Across Country

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Flooding has caused problems on road and on tracks on Saturday | Getty Images

Flooding has caused widespread travel chaos throughout southern Scotland and the north of England.

National Rail Enquiries reported several cancellations and service disruptions caused by torrential downpours.

Buses replaced trains between Rochdale, Preston and Halifax due to flooding in the Walsden and Hebden Bridge areas, with passengers facing delays of up to an hour.

Intermediate stations between Rochdale and Halifax were closed off altogether as the buses were unable to reach them on the waterlogged roads.

A limited bus service was also set up between Maryport and Carlisle due to flooding at Wigton, also causing delays of up to an hour.

Trains between Dumfries and Carlisle were cancelled. ScotRail passengers were permitted to use the CrossCountry services between Edinburgh and Newcastle instead.

Virgin Trains ran a shuttle service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh every 90 minutes to connect with East Coast and CrossCountry services after standard services were suspended. Buses were requested but were unavailable this morning.

Meanwhile, trunk road operator Scotland Transerv reported road closures both ways on the A83 between Arrochar and Inveraray due to a high risk of a landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint, in Argyll and Bute.

Westbound traffic was diverted via the A82 to Tyndrum, the A85 to Damally and the A819 to return to the A83 at Inveraray, a distance of approximately 60 miles.

South-west Scotland was bracing itself for more rain and the continued risk of localised flooding on Saturday.

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