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Lamington Viaduct closure 'will cause havoc for Dumfries commuters'

Credit: Network Rail

Joan McAlpine MSP has said rail commuters will react with dismay to news that the Lamington Viaduct will remain closed until March.

She has asked the train operators to reconsider their decision to run the West Coast mainline through Dumfries without stopping there.

The viaduct has been closed since December due to structural damage following the impact of Storm Desmond. The diversions in place add an extra 1 hour onto journey times on the West Coast mainline.

Dumfries and Galloway is already very poorly served by rail services, and Virgin’s route alternations appear to be having a negative impact on this region. While safety has to come first, I am concerned that this extended closure will cause havoc for Dumfriesshire commuters."

– Joan McAlpine MSP


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:

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