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Flooding compounds travel woes across north England and Wales

Flooding brings travel woes across the north of England and Wales. Credit: Alison Sherwood

Flooding has compounded travel woes for those in the north of England with many rail routes at risk of closure.

Train services, closed or reduced for Boxing Day, are supposed to resume on December 27, but much of north Wales and the north of England will still be suffering from severe floods.

Multiple railway lines in Yorkshire, where flooding has hit villages, will either be closed today or at risk of closure in the wake of severe flooding.

Northern Rail has advised passengers not to travel as engineers assess the extent of flood damage.

  • Multiple railway lines in Yorkshire, where flooding has hit villages, will either be closed today or at risk of closure in the wake of severe flooding.
  • Northern Rail has advised passengers not to travel as engineers assess the extent of flood damage.
  • The line between Rochdale and Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, on the Leeds-Manchester route, will be shut following severe flooding at Walsden station in Lancashire.
  • Early indications are that floods from Walsden to Todmorden have destroyed electrical equipment used to power signalling lights.
  • Services may also be affected between Leeds and Bradford, Skipton and Bradford and between Leeds and Harrogate.

The floods affected road travel on the 26th December, with some drivers in North Wales having to abandon their cars in some areas as water levels rose.

Police warned would-be travellers near flood-affected areas to avoid travel unless necessary, and not to attempt to drive through flood water.

Flooding has also been blamed for a pothole severe enough to shut the M62 westbound.

The stretch of road between junction 20 and 19 of the westbound carriageway near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was closed on Saturday.

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