Cross-border railway line closed as bridges 'washed away' in flood

A cross-border railway line remains closed after two road bridges were “washed away” by torrential rains that swept through southern Scotland and northern England.

Network Rail Scotland said the bridges spanned the River Annan north of the railroad and trains could not go over a viaduct, closing the route from Dumfries to Carlisle.

They tweeted, “On the Annan River, north of the railroad, two road bridges were washed away.

“We are unable to pass trains over the Annan Viaduct until a daylight safety inspection is done.

“The line between Dumfries and Carlisle will remain closed until further notice.”

A major incident was reported in Hawick in the Scottish Borders prior to the shutdown, with up to 500 homes feared to be flooded.

Additional heavy rain weather warnings are in effect in southern Scotland and northern England, including a yellow alarm for Cumbria warning of “life threatening from fast flowing or deep floods”.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 20 flood warnings and five flood warnings, mostly in southern Scotland, while England has a further 16 warnings and nine flood warnings in the northwest.

In addition to the route from Dumfries to Carlisle, other trains were also interrupted, including the trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High and Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa / Aberdeen / Inverness.

Meanwhile, a small landslide blocked the B725 near Dumfries.

Yellow rain warnings apply to Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Humber until 3pm on Friday.

Another yellow rain warning for South West England is valid until Friday 9am, while in Wales there is another until Friday 3pm.

Scotland’s Transport Minister Graeme Dey said: “Conditions could potentially disrupt the highway and rail network so it is important that people plan their trips before they leave.

“Motorists should ensure their routes are available, follow Police Scotland’s travel advice and abide by the conditions.”

He added: “If you are planning to travel by rail, please check with your operator before you travel.

“This is particularly important for cross-border commuters who have had a previous impairment.”

Weather warnings for rain October 29, 2021

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