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Train travel delayed and disrupted after Storm Imogen

Train travellers across the south and south west have been told to expect delays and disruption after Storm Imogen hit overnight.

South West Trains services between Southampton and Weymouth and between Portsmouth and London are disrupted, while Southern and Great Western Railway services were also affected.

South West Trains services are facing disruption following the overnight storms. Credit: PA Archive

P&O Ferries warned of delays to its cross-Channel service but told passengers to check in as normal while other ferry services were also facing disruption or cancellation.

Storm Imogen batters south coast with winds up to 93mph

Winds of nearly 100mph have battered Britain overnight as Storm Imogen slammed into the south coast.

93mph
Top wind speed recorded at The Needles off the Isle of Wight.
70mph
Wind speed recorded in stretches of Cornwall.
40mph
Consistent wind speed as gales blew along the south coast.

The fierce gusts and torrential downpours forced closure of important transport links, with the M48 Severn Bridge shut in both directions to high-sided vehicles.

Winds crashed high waves at Weston-super-Mare's seafront as Storm Imogen lashed the south of Britain.

Strong winds are expected on the M4 and M5 while a stretch of the A35 bypass at Dorchester closed due to flooding.

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Travel disruption as Storm Imogen batters south Wales

Storm Imogen is hitting much of south Wales disrupting travel and prompting severe weather warnings.

Porthcawl was hit by stormy weather in December. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

There's an amber 'be prepared' warning for the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

Coastguards say winds could reach violent storm 11 along the coast for a time with gusts up to 70mph. The Met Office says very large waves are likely to affect many coastal areas.

The M48 Severn Bridge and the A477 Cleddau bridges are closed and there's a 20 mph speed limit on the Britannia Bridge and it's closed to high-sided vehicles.

Cardiff Airport says there could be disruption.

There are flood warnings along the coast in Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea and Newton and Porthcawl.

Both Arriva Trains Wales and Great Western say there are likely to be cancellations and delays because of the stormy weather.

Trains between Cardiff and Llanelli have been cancelled. Cardiff Airport says flights may be disrupted.

Western Power Distribution says more than 300 homes are without power.

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Storm Imogen: Motorists urged to check routes before travel

Commuters have been urged to check their routes to work as Storm Imogen looks set to disrupt travel on Monday morning.

Highways England Spokesman Jon Allen urged drivers to "check their routes and change their journeys accordingly" before setting off in the morning rush hour.

Rail travellers were warned to expect disruption to journeys and urged to check before they travel, especially on coastal routes, with many services potentially delayed, altered or cancelled.

Speed restrictions at various times will be imposed on routes operated by Arriva Trains Wales, Great Western Railway, Southern, South West Trains, the Gatwick Express, Southeastern and Thameslink services until at least 5pm due to high winds, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Travellers in southern Wales were warned of disruption throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Winds are expected to be "particularly strong" across the south of England from 11am, forcing speed restrictions.

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Man pulled from earthquake rubble in southern Taiwan

Rescue personnel search the rubble of a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed after an earthquake in southern Taiwan. Credit: Reuters

Another person has been pulled from rubble in southern Taiwan, over two days after a devastating earthquake hit the region.

Television reports in Taiwan report that the survivor is a man called Li Tsung-tian.

The official death toll from the 6.4 magnitude quake is at least 34, the Reuters news agency reports.

MPs to quiz Transport Secretary over airport decision delay

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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be grilled by MPs over the Government's delay in making a final decision over airport expansion in the south east of England.

He will appear before the Commons' transport select committee after announcing in December that further analysis of the environmental impacts was needed before increased capacity at Heathrow or Gatwick could be given the go ahead.

The Davies Commission recommended last July that a third runway should be built at Heathrow, at a cost of £18.6 billion.

Other shortlisted options are extension of the existing northern runway at Heathrow - costing £13.5 billion - or building a second runway at Gatwick, which would cost £9.3 billion.

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