Many rail lines are still closed as disruptions from Storm Eunice continue


Travel disruption caused by Storm Eunice will continue through Saturday as cleanup begins after the killer storm.

Many rail services will remain suspended on Saturday morning and ‘do not travel’ advisories have been reissued for a number of services, according to National Rail Inquiries.

National Rail said “routes across most of Britain” remain affected.

A do not travel advisory has been reissued for the Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern networks for Saturday morning where some routes are not expected to reopen until the afternoon.

South Western Railway expects significant disruption to its network in the morning, while Great Western Railway and Greater Anglia services are suspended until around 10am.

Motorists drive through sleet and snow along the M8 near Bathgate in West Lothian (Jane Barlow/PA)

Passengers are still urged to avoid travel where possible.

The storm earlier caused travel chaos, with hundreds of rail lines blocked and road bridges closed.

Do not travel alerts were issued on railways in England and Wales on Friday as seven operators suspended all services, with footage showing a building roof blown across the tracks.

The train operators which stopped operating all services on Friday afternoon were: c2c, Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, Southeastern and Transport for Wales.

Early on Saturday morning the National Rail website still listed no services for: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, Grand Central, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Express, South Western Railway, Stansted Express and Transport for Wales.

Meanwhile, CrossCountry Trains has asked passengers not to travel on Saturday ‘following a canceled strike’.

The supplier wrote on Twitter: “While a strike has been called off, we have been unable to reinstate our schedule. A modified schedule runs today.

More than 430 flights due to take off or land at UK airports were also canceled on Friday.

The M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge, which connect England and Wales across the River Severn, were closed due to high winds.

It is believed to be the first time that both crossing points have been closed simultaneously.

Previously, Network Rail closed all lines in Kent while all lines in south-east London were blocked by trees.

Preston station has also been closed to passengers, with railway engineers inspecting sections of metal roof panels that have come loose due to the winds.

The Port of Dover announced it was closed “in the interests of customer and staff safety”, meaning no ferries could operate between Dover and Calais.

Several crossings of the Irish Sea have also been cancelled.

Traffic Wales, the Welsh Government’s traffic information service for motorways and trunk roads, warned that ‘many HGVs are ignoring safety advice on the Britannia Bridge’.

The bridge, which connects the Isle of Anglesey to mainland Wales, is closed to all traffic except cars and vans.

There were hour-long delays on the M25 due to the closure of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, part of the Dartford Crossing.

The RAC said the number of calls to broken down vehicles was lower than normal, saying many people were “taking the weather warnings seriously and not leaving”.

He added: “The fact that many roads are so clear is a sign that today is not a safe day to drive.”

Transport for London has urged people to avoid non-essential travel in the capital.

There were serious delays on the District Line, Jubilee Line and Piccadilly lines of the Tube on Friday afternoon, while TfL Rail was suspended.


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