Storm Isha: Commuters face severe travel disruption as trains cancelled and flights grounded

Commuters face severe travel disruption on Monday as Storm Isha continues to batter the UK. Credit: PA

Rail, sea and air travellers are already facing significant disruption, with closures, cancellations and delays across a number of services after Storm Isha tore through the UK.

Rush-hour trains have been axed for many on Monday after the storm battered parts of the country, bringing warnings of possible tornadoes and danger-to-life winds.

Multiple Met Office weather warnings, including two amber wind alerts and a red warning for parts of northern Scotland, have been issued until the early hours, while the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (Torro) said a tornado is “possible” in England and Wales.

A more serious “tornado watch” zone was in place for Northern Ireland, as well as parts of Scotland and northern England, but expired late on Sunday.

Here, ITV News breaks down the latest impact of high winds on the transport network.


Network Rail says routes continue to be impacted by Storm Isha after previously imposing 50mph speed restrictions to keep passengers and trains safe from falling trees and debris blown onto tracks.

A number of previously suspended routes in Scotland have been checked and are now open after previously cancelling all of its rush-hour trains.

Most lines across England and Wales are now open and trains are able to run, but delays and cancellations persist.

Avanti West Coast confirmed journeys between Preston and Scotland are still disrupted despite services resuming on this route.

CrossCountry, LNER and Lumo services have reopened following damage to the overhead electric wires between Berwick and Edinburgh. It warned that while trains were able to run, disruption is expected until at least 2.30pm.

The TransPennine Express network has closed the line between Carlisle and Glasgow Central, while severe disruption remains between Carlisle and Edinburgh, and Newcastle to Edinburgh.

South Western Railway is reporting a landslip between Salisbury and Grateley, a tree blocking the line between Woking and Basingstoke causing cancellations and delays.

The Transport for Wales network has suspended routes between Llandudno Junction and Blaneau Ffestiniog, and between Shrewsbury and Swansea (Heart of Wales line).

Planes are being diverted to alternative airports as high winds continue to disrupt travel


Air traffic control restrictions are in place, leading to flight cancellations and causing some planes to divert.

National Air Traffic Services said: “Due to adverse weather conditions across the UK, temporary air traffic restrictions are in place. Restrictions of this sort are only ever applied to maintain safety.

“Our teams are working closely with airports and airlines to minimise disruption. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline.”

Some planes are being diverted to alternative airports, including to terminals in other European countries, as high winds continue to disrupt travel.

Ryanair flights to Dublin from Manchester and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands diverted to the French cities of Paris and Bordeaux respectively.

Conditions across harbors and ports have been rough as ferry services are delayed on Monday. Credit: Irish Coast Guard


In Scotland, the Irish Sea and the English Channel many ferry trips have been cancelled. 

The Port of Dover is currently advising passengers to check with their chosen ferry operator for sailing updates, as the Channel sea conditions continue to be "very rough with gale force winds."

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