Cross-border railway line closed as bridges ‘washed away’ by floods


A cross-border railway line remains closed after two road bridges were ‘swept away’ by torrential rains that swept across southern Scotland and northern England.

Network Rail Scotland said the bridges spanned the River Annan, north of the railway line and trains could not pass over a viaduct, closing the Dumfries to Carlisle line.

They tweeted: “Two road bridges were washed out over the Annan River, north of the railway line.

“We cannot allow trains to pass over the Annan Viaduct pending a daylight safety inspection.

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

Ahead of the shutdown, a major incident was declared in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, with up to 500 properties likely to be flooded.

Other heavy rain weather warnings are in effect across southern Scotland and northern England, including an amber alert for Cumbria, which warns of “danger to life from fast-flowing floodwaters or deep”.

High water levels in Cockermouth, Cumbria, where the Met office warned of life-threatening flooding

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 20 flood warnings and five flood alerts covering mainly southern Scotland, while in England another 16 alerts and nine flood warnings are in place in the northwest.

As well as the Dumfries to Carlisle line, other trains were disrupted including Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High and Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa/Aberdeen/Inverness services.

A minor landslide blocked the B725 road near Dumfries, meanwhile.

Yellow rain warnings remain in place for Cumbria Yorkshire and the Humber until 3pm Friday.

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

Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Dey said: “Conditions could potentially disrupt major road and rail networks, so it’s important people plan their journeys before they go.

“Motorists should ensure their routes are available, follow Police Scotland travel advice and drive within the conditions.”

He added: “If you plan to travel by train, please check with your operator before your trip.

“This is particularly important for cross-border travelers following the earlier disruption of services.”

Weather alerts in case of rain
Weather alerts in case of rain

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