Floods force trains to divert

The great Christmas getaway has been stalled by floods which are hampering the rail network. Services in the Westcountry are among services hardest hit.

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Severe disruption after flooding and landslips

First Great Western is advising passengers not to attempt to travel West of Tiverton in either direction, as wet weather continues to disrupt rail services across the UK. Flooding and landslips continue to affect the following areas:

  • Trains continue to be unable to operate between Tiverton Parkway Station and Exeter St Davids.
  • The line between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton is expected to remain closed until at least 28th December.
  • Services between Par and Newquay are also suspended in both directions with very limited road transport available. The line will not reopen today.
  • Services between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple are suspended in both directions, with very limited road transport available.
  • Services between Liskeard and Looe are suspended in both directions with limited road transport operating between Liskead and Looe only.
  • Services between Swindon and Bristol Parkway are suspended in both directions.

Travel chaos as rail services suspended due to flooding

Heavy rain has turned into a wet Christmas nightmare for millions of travellers, as reduced services on rail lines and planned engineering work added to the travel chaos.

There are still no services running between Swindon and Bristol Parkway due to flooding.

A freight train crawls along the railway track through Old Sodbury, Wiltshire on the line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire


First Great Western: Lines blocked after flooding


Summary of main rail delays and alterations

There are still a number of routes affected by flooding this morning - according to National Rail:

  • CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Great Western and First TransPennine Express are all experiencing major delays
  • No trains running between Bristol Parkway and Swindon because of flooding, services between Paddington and Swansea will be diverted, with journey times extended up to 45 minutes
  • Trains will not run between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway until Friday at the earliest, with replacement buses and diverted routes offering passengers some alternatives
  • London Midland is also facing disruption on most of its routes today - this time because of a shortage of train crew
  • Flooding near Long Eaton means services between Derby and Nottingham are suspended
  • A landslip is affecting journeys between Liverpool and Manchester
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