Floods force trains to divert

The great Christmas getaway has been stalled by floods which are hampering the rail network. Services in the Westcountry are among services hardest hit.

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Severe disruption after flooding and landslips

First Great Western is advising passengers not to attempt to travel West of Tiverton in either direction, as wet weather continues to disrupt rail services across the UK. Flooding and landslips continue to affect the following areas:

  • Trains continue to be unable to operate between Tiverton Parkway Station and Exeter St Davids.
  • The line between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton is expected to remain closed until at least 28th December.
  • Services between Par and Newquay are also suspended in both directions with very limited road transport available. The line will not reopen today.
  • Services between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple are suspended in both directions, with very limited road transport available.
  • Services between Liskeard and Looe are suspended in both directions with limited road transport operating between Liskead and Looe only.
  • Services between Swindon and Bristol Parkway are suspended in both directions.

Get the latest information at National Rail's website.

Travel chaos as rail services suspended due to flooding

Heavy rain has turned into a wet Christmas nightmare for millions of travellers, as reduced services on rail lines and planned engineering work added to the travel chaos.

There are still no services running between Swindon and Bristol Parkway due to flooding.

Get further information from National Rail Enquiries.

A freight train crawls along the railway track through Old Sodbury, Wiltshire on the line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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First Great Western: Lines blocked after flooding

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Owing to flooding between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple all lines are blocked.

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Owing to flooding between Liskeard and Looe all lines are blocked.

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Owing to flooding between Par and Newquay all lines are blocked.

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Rail companies urge people to check before they travel

National Rail Enquiries says anyone travelling today should use their journey planner to check if journey is affected.

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The most effective way to check the status of your individual journey is to use the real time journey planner at http://t.co/KKNw6OON

Get further live travel updates here.

Summary of main rail delays and alterations

There are still a number of routes affected by flooding this morning - according to National Rail:

  • CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Great Western and First TransPennine Express are all experiencing major delays
  • No trains running between Bristol Parkway and Swindon because of flooding, services between Paddington and Swansea will be diverted, with journey times extended up to 45 minutes
  • Trains will not run between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway until Friday at the earliest, with replacement buses and diverted routes offering passengers some alternatives
  • London Midland is also facing disruption on most of its routes today - this time because of a shortage of train crew
  • Flooding near Long Eaton means services between Derby and Nottingham are suspended
  • A landslip is affecting journeys between Liverpool and Manchester

Get further information from National Rail Enquiries.

Plymouth and Taunton rail services delayed by floods

Rail operators in South West England are warning that their services are still being delayed by floods.

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Disruption in the #PlymouthTaunton area continuing because of #flooding. Further delays between Plymouth and Exeter http://t.co/X6ltX6ZB

Get further updates on the latest travel situation here.

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