Severe weather causes traffic chaos and raises flood fears

Hay Bails just north of Newtonhill
Hay Bails just north of Newtonhill

There was major distruption in Kincardine and Mearns as severe weather caused trouble on roads and rail last Thursday.

Trains from Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk railway stations were cancelled early on Thursday morning owing to the severe weather.

All trains from Portlethen were cancelled

All trains from Portlethen were cancelled

Hay bails had been blown over onto the railway line just north of Newtonhill.

Network Rail Scotland shut down all routes across the whole of the country for safety reasons with a limited service being available late on Thursday night.

Trains were back to regular schedules by Friday.

ScotRail released a severe weather update early on Thursday morning that stated: “Owing to ongoing safety concerns, Network Rail has closed the rail network until further notice. All trains are making their way to the nearest station so passengers can safely disembark. No trains are running, so please do not attempt to 
travel.”

All trains from Stonehaven were cancelled

All trains from Stonehaven were cancelled

Travel chaos was not just limited to trains as on the roads there was a hay bail on A90 road near Muchalls causing distruption.

A lorry jack-knifed on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road a mile south of Stonehaven, near Drumlithie.

Police Scotland were on the scene and advised motorists that the road was blocked in both directions with local diversions in place while the vehicle was being 
recovered.

All trains from Laurencekirk were cancelled

All trains from Laurencekirk were cancelled

service distruption

service distruption