Storm causes travel disruption across UK

28th Oct 2013
Storm causes travel disruption across UK Many trains were hit by delays following the storm

Travel across the UK has been disrupted by a storm which swept the south of the country overnight.

There have been delays at major airports, while train services have been cancelled and ferry services affected.

Heathrow cancelled a fifth of its flights this morning as winds of up to 90 miles per hour were recorded, while a small number of departures were also cancelled at Gatwick Airport.

Around 220,000 homes are without power, while two fatalities have been reported.

Network Rail said the damage was “worse than expected” with many services hits.

South West Trains advised people not to travel on Monday with most services not running until at least 11:00 in order to allow Network Rail to check lines.

East Coast has no trains running south of Peterborough due to flooding in the tunnel at Potters Bar, and trees on the line at Barnet and Hertford.

Virgin West Coast is advising customers not to attempt to travel on services on the southern end of the West Coast Main Line.

Services from and to London Euston are suspended due to a tree blocking the line, while First Capital Connect and C2C said services are suspended until further notice.

Due to storm damage, no East Coast trains are running in or out of London King’s Cross station.

The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood warnings - in south-west and south-east England, there are also 131 flood alerts across England and Wales.

At sea, ferry services have been cancelled between Plymouth and Roscoff and Penzance and the Isles of Scilly because of the storms.

Channel Island high speed ferry services have also been cancelled today.


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