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Railway line closed for week as severe flooding hits route

The West Highland Line, which runs from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and Mallaig, has been shut.

Flooding: The West Highland Line has been shut.
Flooding: The West Highland Line has been shut.

Part of a rail route in the west of Scotland will be closed for at least a week after severe flooding swept away part of the track.

Replacement buses have been introduced along sections of the West Highland Line, which runs from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and Mallaig.

Heavy rain flooded the track between Tyndrum Lower and Dalmally on Monday, forcing the line to be closed in that area.

ScotRail expects the disruption to last until just before midnight next Monday, although the operator said it could take longer to repair the damage.

Replacement buses will run from stations between Oban and Arrochar as well as from Ardlui and Arrochar to Crianlarich.

A ScotRail spokesman said: "The line will remain closed for the next seven days while engineers carry out vital repair works.

"We've arranged alternative transport to keep people moving and we're sorry for the inconvenience this will cause."

Engineers will be working to repair the track at sites around Ardlui, Crianlarich and Tyndrum, where the heavy rain and flooding washed the trackbed from under the railway.

At the worst affected sites, between Ardlui and Crianlarich, more than 1,000 tons of material has been swept away.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "Our engineers are working hard to fully assess the repairs required to reopen the line as quickly as possible for customers.

Water: Cars were left submerged earlier this week.
Water: Cars were left submerged earlier this week. PA

"The flooding over the weekend has caused significant damage at multiple locations along the line and we will need to rebuild the trackbed and supporting embankments in some locations before we can reopen the line."

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across Scotland throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Parts of the Highlands are expected to be worst affected, with power cuts and severe flooding likely.

There is also a chance of damage to buildings from lightning strikes, hail and strong winds.

Some spots could get 80mm of rain from the downpours - the equivalent to almost a month's worth of rainfall.

Areas are also likely to see 20mm in an hour as heavy rain batters the north.

Other parts of the country including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen will all be affected by rain through the two days.

STV Weather presenter Sean Batty said: "More thundery weather will affect Scotland throughout this week with the risk of some further flood issues.

"The reason the weather is so thundery at the moment is down to very unstable air sitting over the UK.

"By unstable I mean a layer of warmer air at the surface sitting below much colder air above - which allows for some deep convection to develop and with it large clouds and downpours.

"Often thunderstorms are more vigorous in the summer due to longer days, more sunshine and therefore more energy being released."

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