The UK Government stands ready to transport trains from across Britain to aid commuters plunged into chaos by the Forth Road Bridge closure, the Scottish Secretary has pledged.
David Mundell, who held talks with Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay on Friday, said he would speak to Whitehall colleagues to see what assistance could be provided to the Scottish Government following the crisis move.
Scotland’s sole Conservative MP also met Fife Council representatives in Glenrothes and promised to do whatever he could to help both the authority and Holyrood ministers.
He said: “Obviously, the UK Department for Transport does have people who are expert in engineering and transport issues.
“We can also help Network Rail or (ScotRail operators) Abellio with carriage availability from elsewhere in the UK. This is a very serious situation for people in Fife.”
Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman said: “I have spoken to the transport minister this morning and he has briefed me on all the mitigating measures that are being planned or considered. That list is comprehensive.”