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Tay Bridge closed due to high winds in Scotland

Network Rail Scotland has closed the Tay Bridge over the River Tay near Dundee due to strong wind.

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Network Rail Scotland deploy snow patrols and chainsaw gangs

Rail journeys in Scotland are also being badly affected by snow, flooding and fallen trees, Network Rail Scotland has advised.

ScotRail says a number of services have been delayed or cancelled, including services between Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness.

Rail commuters delayed due to gale force winds

Heavy rain and gale force winds have caused delays for rail commuters, with gusts registering upwards of 90 miles per hour in parts of the country.

High winds and heavy rain all along the south coast caused significant delays on lines operated by South West Trains and South Eastern Trains, with trees and flooding blocking the tracks.

South West Trains said there were delays of up to half an hour between Bournemouth and Southampton due to flooding near Brockenhurst, while First Great Western and Cross Country services between Paignton in Devon and Manchester Piccadilly were held up due to a fallen tree.

Commuters passing through Dover Priory faced delays of up to 60 minutes owing to a tree on the line, which has now been cleared.

Rail fares rise: 'The service is terrible - it's an insult'

Following the announcement of an average 2.2% hike on rail fares in January, passengers have spoken to ITV News about the price increases, which come into effect on 2 January.

One commuter said "My rail fare is almost £5,000 and the service is terrible most of the winter ... it's a bit of an insult really."

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Government making 'tough decisions' over rail fare hikes

Responding to the announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares January, Rail Minister Claire Perry said that the Government was "taking the tough decisions needed" to improve railways.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said the Government is taking 'tough decisions' over railway improvements Credit: PA

This Government has embarked on one of the biggest programmes of rail investment for a generation as part of our long term economic plan, investing £38 billion over the next five years.

Passengers are rightly concerned about the cost and complexity of fares. That is why last year we announced a real-terms freeze on regulated fares for the first time in a decade and this continues into 2015.

Significantly we have also removed the fares flex for 2015. As a further measure we have asked operators to improve the information passengers receive when buying a ticket.

– Rail Minister Claire Perry

Labour: Government has no plans for the railways

Labour has said that the Prime Minister is failing to stand up for struggling workers over rising rail fares, pointing out that some passengers have been hit by a 30% increase since 2010.

Describing ministers as "out of touch" with the problems of everyday commuting, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister Lillian Greenwood said that the Government has no plans to deliver changes that the railways need.

The collapse of franchising in 2012 cost over £50 million, and millions more has been lost through reduced premium payments.

That money could have been used to address the cost of living crisis, but now passengers are paying the price instead.

The Government has no plan for the railways and won't deliver the change passengers need. Only Labour would put passengers first by reforming the railways and enforcing a strict cap on every route.

– Lillian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister

Unions hit out at 'scandalous' rail fares rise

Transport trade unions have criticised today's announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares from January 2.

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) described the rise as an "annual persecution of passengers," while The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) called the increase "scandalous".

We have seen fares jump by as much as 245% on key routes since privatisation 20 years ago.

It is now cheaper for a family of four to fly to Iceland to see Father Christmas - £224 - than it is for one person to buy an any-time walk on return rail fare from London to Manchester - £321.

– Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union

After two decades of privatisation the British people pay some of the highest fares in Europe to travel on clapped-out, understaffed and overcrowded services while the private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

– Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT transport union
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