Train speed restrictions in place as Scotland suffocates

People are enjoying the warm weather (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)

People are enjoying the warm weather (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)

Speed ​​restrictions are being implemented on major rail routes in Scotland following the extreme heat amber weather warning on Monday and Tuesday.

Network Rail confirmed that train speeds would be restricted between 1pm and 8pm on Monday, which will impact most routes, with a 20 mph speed restriction on the Hyndland-Finnieston train section in Glasgow, which believed to be the busiest route in Scotland.

This comes after the Met Office issued an amber weather alert for Monday and Tuesday in the eastern, southern and central parts of Scotland, where some temperatures are expected to exceed 30°C.

Edinburgh was the hottest place in Scotland on Monday morning, with a temperature of 27.3°C recorded in Gogarburn and 25.7°C in the botanical gardens, the Met Office said.

  1. Edinburgh, Gogarbank: 27.3C to 10.39am

  2. Aboyne, Aberdeenshire: 27.2C to 10.50am

  3. Aviemore, Highlands: 26.2C to 10.50am

  4. Balmoral, Aberdeenshire: 26.1C to 10:48 am

  5. Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden: 25.7C to 10.17am

In Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, the temperature was 27.2°C, with Aviemore reaching 26.2°C.

Network Rail tweeted: “We will be implementing more speed restrictions between 1pm and 8pm today. These restrictions will affect most train routes during the hottest part of the day, helping to minimize potential damage from today’s forecast temperatures.”

There will be restrictions between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley; Dumfries and Carlisle, as well as Glasgow Queen Street and Aberdeen; Inverness; Oban and Fort William and Edinburgh Waverley and North Berwick, with delays of around 10 minutes, according to the ScotRail website.

The train operator urged passengers to “plan ahead”, tweeting: “Please, please plan ahead if you’re out, it’s going to be extremely hot later today. Take water with you, wear sensible clothing – hats/sunglasses, if you have elderly neighbors/relatives, check them out.”

In Glasgow, ScotRail warned rail passengers they could face delays as airlines were stumbling and restarting due to the heat between Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Hyndland.

Network Rail Scotland tweeted that it was investigating an electrical failure on the overhead lines between Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Hyndland “caused by extreme heat” and said the electricity supply will remain off until repairs are carried out.

While warm weather is expected for much of Monday and Tuesday, meteorologist Jim Dale told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program that no repeats are expected in the coming weeks.

As we live, mainly in Scotland, in a temperate zone, we are not talking about continuous, extreme heat that will go on and on.

Jim Dale, meteorologist

He said: “This event is quite unusual. The last time records were broken was in a single day and it was just a spike here and there.

“As we live, particularly in Scotland, in a temperate zone, we are not talking about continuous extreme heat that is going to go on and on.

“There will always be peaks. I can’t see anything at the moment on the charts that would suggest, certainly for Scotland, and even in the London area, that would suggest any repeat of this in the coming weeks.”

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon told people to “follow sensible advice” as temperatures soar.

The prime minister tweeted: “The next few days will be exceptionally hot. Please be careful and follow sensible advice – keep out of direct sunlight; keep yourself well hydrated; and take care of others who may be suffering from the heat.”

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