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Beast from the East: The recovery continues

The impact of the Beast from the East is still being felt. Credit: Brenda Faulds

The Border region continues to recover after the chaos wreaked by the ‘Beast from the East.’

A yellow Met Office warning for snow and ice has been issued for Scottish Borders and the eastern parts of Dumfries and Galloway. Spells of snow could bring further accumulations in places as well as icy stretched on untreated surfaces until Monday night.

A separate yellow warning for ice is in place across Cumbria, with ice likely to be an issue on roads, pavements and cycle paths until Monday morning.

The Emergency Bunker in the Scottish Borders and the Dumfries and Galloway Virtual Operations Support Team (DGVOST) have both been stood down.


On the roads, the situation is vastly improved with most key routes now open. Teams continue to work around the clock to clear the network of snow, with the focus continuing to be on B and C roads.

Many minor roads remain treacherous or impassable in places, particularly in the Scottish Borders, where extreme care is being advised.

These routes in the Scottish Borders remain closed:

B709 Pipers GraveB7007-B709 to the borderB6368 GilstonB6356 Earlston to ClintmainsC28 Denholm HillA1107 Tower Farm to ColdinghamB6437 Auchencrow to ChirnsideD1/6 Longformacus/CranshawsA6112 Coldsteam to SwintonB6437 Pistols crossroad - WhitsomeC98 Longformacus to East lothian boundaryB6364 Kelso to StichillTrains


For the fifth day there is no service on the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Glasgow. Virgin Trains are operating replacement buses, and passengers can use their tickets until Tuesday or receive a full refund.

There is also ongoing disruption on the Borders Railway after a train broke down at Tweedbank.

Transpennine Express services are not operating north of Preston and into Scotland, with no replacement buses available. Tickets are being accepted on other services.

Northern Rail services from Carlisle to Leeds are suspended until Monday.

A replacement bus service is operating between Carlisle and Hexham, calling at Haltwhistle only.


All schools in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria are set to reopen on Monday. Scottish Borders Council though is warning that many schools will be closed, especially in more rural areas. A full assessment is being carried out before issuing information to parents.