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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Further train delays caused by flooding

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#PlymouthTaunton - Trains between Par and Newquay are also now cancelled because of flooding. Buses have been ordered

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NEW: Delays between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Rhoose Cardiff International Airport until further ... http://t.co/dLYcoS48 #fb

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Latest update on rail delays caused by flooding

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#LongEaton - Delays between Derby and Nottingham / East Midlands Parkway until further notice http://t.co/UeooNTM3

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No trains between Derby and Nottingham / East Midlands Parkway because of flooding near #LongEaton . Buses are currently being sourced.

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NEW: Delays between Derby and Nottingham / East Midlands Parkway until further notice. Flooding is causing ... http://t.co/3sQWGbpP #fb

Motorists begin festive get away

Traffic crossing the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford as the Christmas get away gets going
Traffic crossing the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford as the Christmas get away gets going Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Despite flood warnings and chaos on some train lines today the Christmas get away in well and truly under way as families get together for the festive season.

As the light fades the Christmas get away gets serious on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford
As the light fades the Christmas get away gets serious on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Highways Agency is advising anyone planning to travel tonight to check their route before they leave.

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Fire causes disruption at Paddington train station

A fire in a railway equipment room in west London is causing disruption to services at Paddington station today, Network Rail have said.

Yesterday afternoon we had an electrical fire in a lineside equipment room at Acton which damaged equipment which meant we have not been able to run a full service today. Services to and from Paddington have been affected by this.

– NETWORK RAIL SPOKESPERSON

AA warns against complacency

The run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for traffic so any bad weather can have a big impact on the roads. Even if you know your local roads, don't be complacent, as flash flooding is a real risk with so much water around.

Keep tuned to local weather forecasts from the Met Office and travel reports and if it's bad where you are, only travel if it's essential. If you do head out, allow more time for your journey as you don't want to rush in conditions like this.

– Darron Burness, the AA's Head of Special Operations
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