Fast-lane swans cause rush-hour chaos on M9


TWO swans caused rush-hour chaos by landing on both fast lanes of one of Scotland’s busiest motorways.

Drivers had to swerve out of the way of the birds which had landed on the M9 at Stirling – one on each carriageway.

One animal landed in the fast lane on the northbound carriageway, and the other in the fast lane of the Southbound carriageway.

The animals caused rush hour chaos
The animals caused rush hour chaos


Police officers were called in just after 6am by drivers who were concerned about the safety of the animals and of vehicles.

The officers chased the birds to encourage them to fly away, and took to social media to inform the public: “That’s 2 swans now off the motorway and traffic back to normal.”

It is not the first time these animals have become confused and landed on the A9 – the longest road in Scotland.

In 2013, a male swan nicknamed ‘Hoopy’ brought motorway traffic to a standstill after getting lost in fog and landing on the M9 near Linlithgow, West Lothian.

He stopped in front of a stunned female motorist, causing traffic to quickly grind to a halt.

Traffic was held up for 30 minutes while Scottish SPCA officers tried to catch the bird.

Swans are the largest flying birds and can reach a length of over 1.5m (60 inches) and weigh over 15kg (33lbs).