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TRAVEL: Ullapool and Stornoway CalMac passenger and freight sailings cancelled amidst Storm Jocelyn alert

By Hector MacKenzie

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The MV Loch Seaforth ferry on the Ullapool-Stornoway route. Picture: Alan Jamieson from Aberdeen, via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
The MV Loch Seaforth ferry on the Ullapool-Stornoway route. Picture: Alan Jamieson from Aberdeen, via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

TWO ferry sailings from a Wester Ross port have been cancelled today due to the weather situation.

CalMac this morning confirmed planned sailings between Ullapool and Stornoway have been axed.

They are the 2pm sailing from Stornoway and the 5.30pm from Ullapool.

This is as a result of strong winds which have badly disrupted the public transport network.

The operator said: "We’ll keep customers informed should there be any further changes in connection to this route. If you’ve not already done so, download our app or follow our Twitter @CalMac_Updates so we can provide you with timely updates, with the latest information we have available. Alternatively, you can also sign up to our service status text updates."

Meanwhile planned freight sailings have also been cancelled on the route.

Due to adverse weather forecasts, the 22:10 freight sailing from Stornoway is cancelled tonight.

And the Wednesday, 02:50 freight sailing from Ullapool is also cancelled for the same reason.

It comes amist ongoing weather warnings for wind and rain.

Another wind warning for the Highlands kicking in at 4pm today states: "Strong winds are expected in association with Storm Jocelyn, leading to possible disruption to travel and utilities."

That could mean:

- Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible

- Some roads and bridges may close, often blocked by fallen trees and other debris.

- Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

- Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen

- Any remaining recovery efforts off the back of Storm Isha are likely to be hampered.

- There is a chance of Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

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