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Lamington Viaduct to remain closed until March

Credit: Network Rail

Lamington Viaduct has suffered further structural damage from bad weather meaning that it will not reopen until the first week of March, 2016.

Alternative routes are in place along the West Coast mainline and they will add 1 hour extra travel time to journeys.

The viaduct has been closed since December when it was severely damaged by Storm Frank in December.


Yellow weather warnings issued

Snow and ice were expected across the region last night Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain in Cumbria. The rain is not expected to be heavy, but it is falling on already saturated ground, following storms in December.

It follows yellow warnings for snow, ice and frozen slush across Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and Cumbria last night.

"Rain is expected to move northwards across northern England on Saturday night. This will quickly clear northwards on Sunday morning, although some showers will persist, especially in the west."

– The Met Office

People in Cumbria should be aware of further localised flooding and disruption to travel.

WATCH: snow causes traffic chaos in Hawick

Heavy snow has led to traffic disruption in the south of Scotland.

One of the worst affected towns has been Hawick, with major delays on all of the routes into and out of the town.

Police were called to many roads to help vehicles that had become stuck, and as you can see from this footage, filmed in Hawick, driving conditions are very difficult:


Update: roads closed after heavy snow

Traffic Scotland are warning people to avoid some roads in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, due to heavy snow:

Dumfries and Galloway Police say Nithsdale Police have been working to help vehicles stuck on their side of the A76:

There have also been delays in the St Boswells and Ancrum areas:

A7 closed between Selkirk and Hawick

The A7 has been closed south of Selkirk to Hawick, due to a jackknifed lorry.

There has been other disruption due to the previous month's flooding, and heavy snow today.

The following other roads have also been closed:


  • Tweeddale - B709 Granites Road (north of golf course) - due to flooding


  • A7 south of Selkirk to Hawick - due to jackknife lorry. Police in attendance
  • B6359 Cavers Carre/Clarilaw - due to flooding
  • B6401 Morebattle to Eckford at Caverton Mill - due to flooding


  • B6357 south of Bonchester Bridge - heavy snow, vehicles on road. Police attending.
  • D25/3 Haysike Bridge – closed due to structural damage


  • C61 Primsidemill to Sourhope - local access only


  • no reported closures
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