More Bute travel disruption as flooding hits Inverclyde

Trains on the Wemyss Bay line were cancelled on the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2014 after heavy rain led to widespread flooding in the Inverclyde area.
Trains on the Wemyss Bay line were cancelled on the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2014 after heavy rain led to widespread flooding in the Inverclyde area.

Travellers heading to and from Bute faced further disruption to their journeys on Tuesday morning after heavy rain caused flooding in the Inverclyde area.

Tuesday’s disruption saw trains between Wemyss Bay and Glasgow Central cancelled, while there were no services between Port Glasgow and Gourock.

Some replacement buses were organised, but ScotRail advised passengers: “Due to roads also being affected by the weather, replacement transport can not be guaranteed and passengers are therefore advised to consider their own alternative arrangements or not travelling.”

At the time this article was published, ScotRail was advising passengers that there would be no trains between Port Glasgow and both Wemyss Bay and Gourock until at least 2pm.

The A8 through Greenock and Port Glasgow was also badly hit, with some vehicles abandoned on the carriageway just to the east of Cappielow Park; the road was closed between the Ratho Street and Gibshill Road junctions.

The A8 was also reported closed at Auchmead Road, near the new Inverclyde Academy; on The Buteman’s Facebook page, Carol McDermott reported that police were stopping traffic heading towards IBM from Wemyss Bay, and that there was bad flooding under the railway bridge at Wemyss Bay itself.

According to a post by Martin Tytler, also on our Facebook page, McGill’s Buses were not running any services from Wemyss Bay towards Greenock until flooding in the area could be cleared.

Flooding also affected the Argyll area, with the A83 closed at the Rest and Be Thankful because of a landslip and the A815 Strachur-Dunoon road shut at Loch Eck due to flooding, though as this article was published the ‘Old Military Road’ A83 diversion was being prepared and the A815 had reopened and was passable with care

Ironically, Tuesday morning was the first time in several days that the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry service did not suffer disruption, or at least the threat of disruption: some crossings were cancelled on Saturday afternoon, and most sailings on Sunday were diverted to run to and from Gourock instead of Wemyss Bay because of high winds.

The ‘amber alert’ on the route remained in force on Monday, though in the event there was no further weather-related disruption.