Openreach battens down the hatches as Storm Barbara threatens Scotland

With 90mph winds hitting parts of western and northern Scotland, we’re bolstering our resources to deal with the effects of Britain’s second official storm of the winter, Storm Barbara.

An amber "be prepared” warning has been issued by the Met Office for large parts of Scotland from midday on Friday to 6am on Christmas Eve, and we’ve mobilised an engineering taskforce to respond to any storm damage, with hundreds of staff across Scotland on standby throughout the festive period.

Additional engineers have been drafted in from other parts of the UK to assist with a potential surge in repairs, with the majority supporting our existing workforce in the Highlands and Islands. We’re also moving more people into the more northern parts of the Highlands, Thurso and Orkney so that our engineers are close to the areas we expect to be most affected.

Fraser Rowberry, General Manager for Scotland said "Service is our number one priority and I’d like to assure everyone that we’re doing all we can to prepare for Storm Barbara. We’ve invested in proactive maintenance to make sure our network is as robust as possible and our engineers have been working hard to complete routine repairs and installations to free them up to focus on storm recovery.

We’re used to dealing with extreme weather conditions in Scotland and we’re monitoring the weather closely.  We’ve also recently taken steps to boost the number of engineers on the front line and we’re mobilising our engineering teams from across the country in readiness."

While we’re as ready as we can be to tackle storm damage, it’s impossible to predict where the worst impact will fall. We’d ask anyone who experiences issues with their phone or broadband to report this to their service provider as soon as they can.