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Flooding causes chaos in Essex

This photograph reportedly taken in Hockley, Essex and posted on Twitter shows the extent of flooding in the county after torrential rain today.

Men up to their chests in water
Photo taken by Hockley Station bridge today. Credit: Twitter/@JackUnofficial

Torrential rain has caused chaos across south Essex. Roads and shops were flooded and motorists suffered long delays after the London bound A127 was closed. The Fire Brigade took numerous calls from members of the public affected by the flooding.

Southend seafront
Seafront at Southend flooded after heavy rain Credit: Andy Dickenson

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6.5 million bank holiday rail journeys

Eurostar expected to handle more than 120,000 passengers over the weekend Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) anticipated about 6.5 million rail journeys will be made over the bank holiday weekend.

An Atoc spokesman said: "The vast majority of people travelling by train this bank holiday will be unaffected by improvement work."

Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar said it expected to handle more than 120,000 passengers over the weekend - 10% more than over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday period last year which was the first weekend in June.

Tomorrow will be Eurostar's busiest day of the holiday period.

Bosses at Gatwick said more than 790,000 passengers would be passing through the West Sussex airport between bank holiday Monday and Sunday June 2.

Among popular destinations for those flying from Gatwick are Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Islands, Turkey and the south of France.

Top city breaks include Dublin, Belfast and Amsterdam.

Meridian

Station closed for £900m upgrade

As thousands head off for the Easter weekend, commuters who travel through Reading are being warned of disruption as the station is closed due to £900m upgrade.

There are no direct services from Swindon, Oxford and Newbury to London. Trains from Bournemouth and Southampton to the north will also be affected. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

Parents 'under pressure' to spend at Easter

Easter chicks Credit: PA

Families in London have admitted to finding the Easter holidays stressful.

That is according to the charity Action for Children, who say parents feel under pressure to spend money on keeping everyone in the family entertained.

The study found that, on average, more than £240 is spent per family during the Easter break

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Reading Station closes over Easter

Thousands of people are expected to leave London in the next 24 hours to get away for the long Easter weekend.

But if you're heading West by train, you'll be faced with disruption and longer journeys.

That's because a new station is being built at Reading. Network Rail says passengers will see the benefit of the 900-million pound project, but bosses admit that things won't be running smoothly this weekend.Here's Mike Pearse.

17 million cars to take to the roads

17 million cars will take to the roads over Easter

The AA estimates 17 million cars will take to the roads over the holiday period, with the busiest periods expected to be this afternoon and Good Friday morning.

But they added that the roads may not be as busy as usual as the cold weather was likely to make this more of a "stay-at-home Easter".

Visit England said around 6% of the adult population were planning a break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay this Easter.

These trips were likely to generate around £600 million for the UK economy.

Weekend tube line and station closures

Most lines are affected by engineering work over the Easter weekend

CIRCLE LINE

On Monday only, there is no service between Gloucester Road and Aldgatevia Victoria as well as between Edgware Road and Hammersmith.

Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.

DISTRICT LINE

On Monday only, there is no service between Earl’s Court and Aldgate East.

HAMMERSMITH & CITY LINE

Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.

JUBILEE LINE

There is no service from Friday – Monday between West Hampstead and Stanmore.

METROPOLITAN LINE

There is no service from Friday – Monday between Aldgate and Croxley/Rickmansworth/Uxbridge

Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday

NORTHERN LINE

There is no service from Friday – Monday between Kennington & CamdenTown via Bank and also between Camden Town and Edgware.

The Waterloo & City line will run for longer on Friday, Saturday & Monday from 08:00 – 22:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 20:00 to provide an alternative route.

DLR

There is no service from Friday – Monday between Canning Town and Beckton.

LONDON TRAMLINK

On Sunday only, there is no service between Sandilands and New Addington

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