Storm travel disruption warning

Britain faces further travel disruption today following the most powerful storm to hit the country in years. Yesterday the storm caused widespread problems across rail networks, roads, ferry crossings and airports in England and Wales.

Battle to fix overhead power as 200 trees are cleared

Network Rail’s managing director of network operations Robin Gisby has said around 200 fallen trees have been removed from rail tracks.

Following the effects of the severe weather, our track teams have worked tirelessly throughout the day to clear around 200 fallen trees and debris.

Whilst we are still working to fix a number of damaged overhead power lines on the routes north of London, the majority of railway lines in and around the south east of England have reopened although it will take some time before normal service is resumed.

We still have more to do tonight to fix the damage caused by the storms but will continue to work throughout the night and are hopeful of running a normal service tomorrow

– Robin Gisby managing director of Network Rail
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Passengers advised not to travel till tomorrow

The North East and Yorkshire escaped the worst of the storm which hit this south of the country this morning but its far-reaching effects have been felt by commuters in the region.

All trains from the North East to London were terminating at Peterbrough, outside the capital, because of flooding on the tracks and problems with overhead power cables.

The first train left London just after three today and the first train out of Peterbrough left just before five.

East Coast say they are continuing to monitor the weather.

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Cancellations and delays remain on rail services

National Rail is still reporting cancellations between Merthyr Vale and Merthyr Tydfil, delays from London Kings Cross and amended services in Anglia.

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#UKStorm Trains between Merthyr Vale and Merthyr Tydfil may be cancelled or replaced by bus because of trees on the line

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#UKStorm - Grand Central services to / from London Kings Cross are expected to resume. Some delays may still occur

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Network Rail boss praises rail clean-up effort

The effort to clear railways of debris and get services up and running has been "handled very professionally," according to the managing director of Network Rail.

Robin Gisby defended his company from accusations that not enough staff were on hand to clear the tracks and that the cancellation of services was an overreaction.

Watch: Bob Crow says staff cuts are behind rail chaos this morning

Ferry carrying 1,000 people to Holland sent back to sea

A ferry carrying 1,000 people from Newcastle to Amsterdam was forced to return to sea after the storm that battered Britain descended upon Holland and closed the port of IJmuiden.

The ship left the north east at 5pm yesterday and was due to reach the Dutch capital at 9.30am today, DFDS Seaways said.

The ferry, which is believed to be waiting outside the port, is now expected to dock at 3.30pm local time.

Reduced timetable from some train operators

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#StormSWT - We will be operating a significantly reduced timetable today. A few trains are starting to run on some routes.

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Limited timetable now operating, though with many delays and cancellations. Tickets for today will be valid tomorrow.

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