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Britons face travel turmoil with train lines closed and roads blocked after Cyclone Eunice

The UK will see more travel chaos on Saturday due to the devastation from Cyclone Eunice with some routes blocked and many rail services still not operating as usual.

Travel chaos will continue into the weekend
Travel chaos will continue into the weekend

Britons today face major travel disruption due to the devastation of Cyclone Eunice while cleanup efforts are being hampered by more severe weather.

According to National Rail Inquiries, many train services will be canceled again on Saturday morning – after they were shut down during Friday’s full rally – and a “no travel” notice has been re-issued for one service number, according to the National Rail Inquiries.

There were re-issue notices for Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern networks on Saturday morning, where some routes are expected to reopen until afternoon.

South Western Rail is expecting significant disruption across their network in the morning, while Great Western and Greater Anglia Rail services are suspended until around 10am.

Passengers are still asked to avoid travel if possible.







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The storm that made landfall in the early hours of Friday morning caused travel chaos, with hundreds of railway lines blocked and road bridges closed.

People were advised not to ride on rail in England and Wales on Friday, as seven operators suspended all services, with footage showing a roof of a building being blown into the tracks.

The train operators that have suspended all services on Friday afternoon are: c2c, Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, Southeastern and Transport for Wales.

As of early Saturday morning, the National Rail website still did not list services for: West Coast Avanti, Chiltern Railway, Grand Central, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Express, South West Railway , Stansted Express and Transport for Wales.







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Meanwhile, CrossCountry Trains asked passengers not to travel on Saturday “after strike action was cancelled”.

The supplier wrote on Twitter: “While the strike has been adjourned, we have not been able to restore our timetable. A revised timetable will run today.”

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

On routes, the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge, connecting England and Wales across the River Severn, were closed due to high winds.

This is believed to be the first time that both intersections have been closed simultaneously.

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







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Preston train station is also closed to passengers, with railway engineers inspecting sections of metal roofing that have been stripped by the wind.

The Port of Dover announced its closure “in the interest of the safety of our customers and employees”, meaning no ferries could operate between Dover and Calais.

Several voyages across the Irish Sea were also cancelled.

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







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The bridge connecting the island of Anglesey with mainland Wales, is closed to all traffic, except for cars and special-purpose trucks.

There was an hour delay on the M25 due to the closure of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, part of the Dartford Interchange.

The RAC said the number of calls to damaged vehicles was lower than usual, suggesting many people were “taking weather warnings seriously and not addressing them”.

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

Transport for London also advised people to avoid non-essential trips in the capital.

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