It was 'Thunderbirds to the rescue' overnight as hundreds of passengers were stranded on an Edinburgh-bound train battered by winds.
Union leaders were under pressure tonight to call off the strike after it emerged new peace talks would take place on Friday.
Bob Crow has told ITV News that he does not use ticket offices at London Underground stations.
Rail union leaders have launched a legal move to challenge the the awarding of franchises to train companies and accused the Government of trying to "rush through" the deal.
– Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan
It is imperative that we raise the genuine concerns of all stakeholders but, especially, the employees before this is rushed through. We cannot, in good conscience, allow the mistakes of the past to happen again.
– RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash
After the scandal of this Government robbing the British taxpayer of a billion pounds in the scramble to privatise the Royal Mail it is shocking that they are engaging in the same tactics to try and hand the East Coast Mainline back to their friends in big business.
– TSSA leader Manuel Cortes
The coalition knows only too well that rail franchising is not fit for purpose. Rail workers are at a loss to understand why the government insists on going forward with a broken system which threatens the interests of passengers and taxpayers.
Rail unions have launched a legal battle against the Government over the awarding of franchises to train companies.
Union members' jobs and conditions, as well as the interests of passengers and taxpayers, were threatened by a lack of consultation, The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Aslef and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said.
They are seeking a judicial review after accusing the coalition of "rushing through" the privatisation of the East Coast so it is completed before next year's General Election.
Officials said ministers had "cut corners" and had not carried out a proper consultation of passenger groups and unions.
They are also challenging extensions to the Thameslink and Great Northern franchises.
Bus services are facing the axe as councils struggle to fund free travel for elderly people.
Government funding for free, off-peak travel for elderly and disabled people has fallen by 39% since 2010, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
It added that councils are being increasingly forced to subsidise this concessionary travel at the cost of other essential services.
The LGA said that Buckinghamshire, Cumbria and Somerset were among county councils cutting back on services due to funding problems.
British Airways says bad weather is currently affecting their flight schedule.
The following flights due to leave today have been cancelled:
- BA67 departing LHR
- BA173 departing LHR
- BA177 departing LHR
- BA113 departing LHR
- BA187 departing LHR
- BA1431 departing BHD
Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has been granted an urgent question in the Commons on transport disruption caused by flooding.
A transport minister will respond in the chamber at about 10.30am.
In last night's stormy weather, a lorry was blown on top of a car on the M60, at junction 24.
The car's owner, Andrew Elliott, has sent in these dramatic pictures.
Andrew told us he managed to climb out of the window and escaped with minor injuries.
Train services across the UK are being disrupted due to the on-going storms and flooding, with train companies issuing advice via Twitter:
Buses replace trains between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth because of overhead wire problems between Aberystwyth and Dovey Junction #UKStorm
Good Morning, the line between Liverpool-Crewe is blocked until 10am, passengers travelling to London need to travel via Warrington...
First Great Western trains has tweeted they will be running a "limited service" in many areas due to ongoing flooding:
We are running a limited service in many areas due to flooding. Please check http://t.co/BFQdROEfOT for info on alterations and alternatives
Passengers on an East Coast train near Durham say have been stuck on board without heating or lighting for more than five hours after the train's pantograph was blown off by high winds:
Stranded on the #eastcoast train just short of durham - no heating or lighting!
They're rationing biscuits and water - but free wifi. Good to know that #eastcoast have their priorities in order!
Despite having been stuck on this train for 5 hours now, we're still in good spirits :) #eastcoast