Christmas getaway

Thousands have taken to the roads and flocked to the region's airports in the big Christmas getaway.

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Travel delays update

Latest on the rail failures and floods which are hampering people's Christmas getaway

  • A signalling problem in west London meant the Heathrow Express was unable to run
  • It also caused delays and cancellations to Paddington services, with those travelling to Cardiff, Reading, Bristol and Bedwyn in Wiltshire among those affected
  • Train services near Gatwick airport, in West Sussex, were also affected by a major signalling problem caused by an overnight fire at Preston Park near Brighton
  • Motorists had to contend with floods in Reading and Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire causing long queues on non-flooded roads
  • By early afternoon congested spots included the M25 in Essex
  • Travellers trying to reach Gatwick by road were held up by a sliproad jam on the M23 close to the Sussex airport.
  • Major congestion built up on the M2 in Kent and the M4 in Gloucestershire

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