Ministerial statement on Yellow 'be aware' warning

Commenting on Yellow 'be aware' Met Office warnings for wind covering Orkney and Shetland, the Highlands and Islands, Grampian, Strathclyde, Central Tayside and Fife, south west Scotland and Lothian and Borders, Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:

"Due to high winds and seasonal weather there are a number of disruptions and cancellations to ferry services. This kind of disruption is not uncommon at this time of year. All operators are actively informing their customers through notifications on their websites, emails, text messages and direct contact of disruption and cancellations to services.

“Scotrail and Network Rail have also drafted in additional resources and have made contingency plans. Passengers should expect some cancellations, especially on coastal routes. All passengers should check operators websites for the latest information.

“On the roads, we would advise people to plan ahead as bridges may be affected by high winds, and driving conditions could be challenging in some areas, particularly for high-sided vehicles, so please allow extra time for your journeys. They should also check the relevant websites, such as Traffic Scotland, for up to date travel information before they set-off."

Notes to editors

For SEPA live flood updates see or call Floodline 0345 988 1188.

To sign up for free local Flood Warnings and regional Alerts, or for more information and advice on preparing for flooding, use SEPA’s Floodline site or call Floodline 0345 988 1188

The full alerts, including the Chief Forecaster's Assessment and a map showing the areas included in the alerts, are available at

The Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland website provides the public with a range of advice and information on preparing for winter weather. Further information is available at

For real time journey information visit, follow @trafficscotland on Twitter or call 0800 028 14 14

Rail, ferries and air users should check with individual service operators’ websites

CalMac travellers should check the website: for the latest information. The latest information on that service can be found at

Published 9 Mar 2015