GALE WARNING: Buses cancelled this evening

Evening bus services for Lewis, Harris and Uist are being cancelled because of the warnings of high winds forecast for the Western Isles.

Most services will stop around 6pm.

Sports Centres will also be affected with Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais closing at 5pm and other facilities closing at the end of the school day.

The budget consultation meeting scheduled for tonight in Barvas has been cancelled. The meeting has been re-scheduled for tomorrow night in Barvas Hall at 7.30pm.

The high winds warning, with gusts of up to 85mph, is in place from 8pm tonight to 8am tomorrow morning (Wed 30th). High tides will be at approx 9.20pm in Lewis and 8pm in Uist. High seas and large waves are also likely along exposed western coasts with overtopping of causeways.

Building Contractors and the general public are asked to ensure that loose objects such as slates, trampolines and bins are secured as far as possible.

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-Ordinating Group met earlier today and will continue to monitor the situation.

Updates will be posted on the Comhairle website under Public Notices,

For information tomorrow on possible school closures or other information, check the Comhairle website and local media.

Bus Services Tuesday 29 January 2013

The last public bus services departing Stornoway are

17:30 Stornoway to Tarbert

18:00 Stornoway to Ness

18:00 Stornoway to Carloway

18:00 Stornoway to Shawbost

18:00 Stornoway to South Lochs

18:05 Stornoway to Flesherin

18:05 Stornoway to Upper Bayble

18:05 Stornoway to Tolsta

18:05 Stornoway to Back

18:10 Stornoway to Newvalley & North Lochs

All evening services to and from Stornoway after 18:10 will be cancelled

The last services to Scalpay, Leverburgh and the Bays of Harris should depart from Tarbert at 18:35 weather permitting

Bus services throughout Uist and Barra are expected to operate as normal however for later services check with the bus operator (contact numbers within timetable leaflets and on the CnES website)

Late evening services in Uist that will be cancelled are

21:00 Creagorry to Lochmaddy

20:45 Balivanich to Lochboisdale