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Storm hits Bute roads and ferry services

Mountstuart Road in Rothesay was closed on Thursday morning due to safety concerns after high winds struck scaffolding in the area.

Mountstuart Road in Rothesay was closed on Thursday morning due to safety concerns after high winds struck scaffolding in the area.

 

The high winds which struck Scotland in the early hours of Thursday have resulted in significant travel disruption on Bute.

The Rhubodach-Colintraive and Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries were both suspended from the start of service and are still suspended as this article is published due to winds gusting up to 70mph, with the next review of the situation on both routes due to take place at 12 noon.

Mountstuart Road in Rothesay was closed after scaffolding was hit by the strong winds, while nearby Fauldtrees Road was reduced to a single lane, and a fallen tree was reported at Kames Castle, near Port Bannatyne.

In a post on Twitter, local police advised: “All roads on Bute affected by weather and debris. Ferries off. Please consider if travelling is necessary until weather dies down.”

All Bute’s schools opened as normal, although in other parts of Argyll and Bute, schools, roads and public transport were all badly affected by the first severe weather of the winter.

By 9.45am police were advising on Twitter that the winds were beginning to die down and that council and emergency services were out and about clearing trees and debris from roads.

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