Floods Cause Travel Disruption

Hundreds of rail passengers face significant delays following extreme weather

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Railway line re-opens after landslip

The railway line at Westerleigh in South Gloucestershire has reopened after a landslip last Wednesday.

Part of the bank collapsed in heavy rain, disrupting trains between Bristol Parkway, Birmingham and Swindon. Trains using that stretch of rail are limited to twenty miles an hour.

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Disruption on trains continue after floods

It's been another day of disruption and delays for travellers in the west - once again it's train passengers feeling the pain. A landslip at Westerleigh Junction on the outskirts of Bristol is the latest cause of misery.

It's meant a reduced service through Bristol Parkway with buses laid on to ferry people to local stations. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLaughlin visited the site this afternoon to see the damage for himself.

Pennyquick Hill in Bath flooded

Pennyquick Hill, Bath Credit: ITV West

Flooding problems continue across the region tonight.

The stream at the bottom of Pennyquick Hill on the edge of Bath has burst its banks making Whiteway Road impassable - although a few cars have tried to drive through

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Severe weather causes travel disruption

If you've been driving today or trying to get anywhere by train, the chances are the horrific weather would have affected your journey.

Trains to the east between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, and westwards between Plymouth and Temple Meads have either been cancelled or delayed because of flooding on the line.

Eli-Louise Wringe reports on a tough day for travellers around the west:

Advice to avoid being caught out by the floods

Gloucestershire Police are advising drivers to:

  • Listen to local radio bulletins for road closures before setting off
  • Leave extra time for a journey if it is necessary
  • Put your lights on even during the day so you can be seen to other road users
  • Don’t drive into floodwater – you don’t know how deep it is
  • Make sure you’re prepared if you get caught in a traffic jam – with enough fuel, your mobile phone battery fully charged, and food and drink
  • Be wary of high winds and the extra risks they may bring
  • Take extra care if driving through standing water alongside pedestrians or cyclists

Latest details of traffic disruption can be found here

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