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IoM ferry services cancelled due to Storm Doris

The Ben-my-Chree sailing from the Isle of Man this morning has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

This afternoon's sailing from Heysham at 14:15 has also been disrupted - passengers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements through Reservations for this journey on 08722 992 992 after 08:30.

Meanwhile the 19:45 sailing from Douglas is still scheduled as departing.

For updates and travel information, visit www.steam-packet.com.

Drivers urged to 'change plans' as Storm Doris hits the NW

The M62 between Manchester and Leeds could be badly hit Credit: PA

Highways England has issued a severe weather alert for the North West's major roads, as Storm Doris sweeps in. Motorists are being urged to change their plans, or slow down if they have to travel.

Heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70mph will put truck drivers, motorcyclists and those with caravans at high risk. The body which manages the motorway and trunk road network is advising such travellers to avoid a number of routes:

  • M53 J1-J2 Wallasey to Birkenhead
  • M56 J12 Runcorn and Sutton Weaver
  • M58 J1 Kirkby
  • M6 J20-J21 Thelwall Viaduct
  • M6 J26-J27 M58 to Standish
  • M6 J36-J45 Through Cumbria
  • M60 J10-J12 Barton Bridge through to M62
  • M60 J16-J17 Pendlebury and Kersley to Prestwich and Whitefield
  • M62 J18-J27 Between Manchester and Leeds
  • M61 J4-J5 Westhoughton
  • M61 J9 / M65 J1 Interchange
  • A56 Between M65 and A680 at Edenfield
  • M65 J3-J4 Withnell and Blackburn Interchange
  • A66 Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)
  • A69 Entire route

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Drivers urged to take care during Storm Doris

Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys tomorrow after Highways England issued a severe weather alert.

Credit: PA

An amber alert for gales will be in place across the North between 6am and 6pm in response to the strong winds and heavy rain forecast during Storm Doris.

Credit: PA

Gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are expected on some roads, along with heavy rain and surface water. There is a particularly high risk to high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes on exposed sections of the network.

Drivers of these vehicles are being strongly advised to avoid travelling on around 40 stretches of motorway and major A road while the alert is in place. These include:

  • M53 J1-J2 Wallasey to Birkenhead
  • M56 J12 Runcorn and Sutton Weaver
  • M58 J1 Kirkby
  • M6 J20-J21 Thelwall Viaduct
  • M6 J26-J27 M58 to Standish
  • M6 J36-J45 Through Cumbria
  • M60 J10-J12 Barton Bridge through to M62
  • M60 J16-J17 Pendlebury and Kersley to Prestwich and Whitefield
  • M62 J18-J27 Between Manchester and Leeds
  • M61 J4-J5 Westhoughton
  • M61 J9 / M65 J1 Interchange
  • A56 Between M65 and A680 at Edenfield
  • M65 J3-J4 Withnell and Blackburn Interchange
  • A66 Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)
  • A69 Entire route

"We’re expecting Storm Doris to have a significant impact on the roads throughout the day tomorrow so are urging drivers to consider changing their plans if necessary and to slow down in stormy weather. Drivers should look out for warnings on the electronic message signs and listen for updates in radio travel bulletins.

– Richard Leonard, Highways England
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