The ongoing wrath of Storm Babet is causing widespread disruption to travel as floods result in ‘suspended’ rail services across the South West.
Crosscountry and Great Western Railway Services are facing disruption this morning and ‘do not travel warnings’ have been issued for a number of services in the north due to heavy rain, strong winds, and flash flooding.
Eastern Scotland is bearing the brunt of the extreme weather with the Met Office warning ‘esceptionally wet and unsettled weather’ will continue over coming days. A second red warning is now in place for parts of eastern Scotland where we could see a further 70-100 mm of rain, with the highest accumulations over the hills.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page, said: “This is not usual autumn weather. This is an exceptional event, and we are likely to continue to see significant impacts with the potential for further flooding and damage to properties. There are numerous National Severe Weather Warnings in place for both rain and wind over the coming days.”
Storm Babet shows no signs of abating and it has already claimed the lives of three people.
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Latest GWR services affected
Northern, Crosscountry, Avanti West Coast, and more…
Do not travel warnings have been issued today on LNER, Transpennine Express and on Northern, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway due to bad weather. Affecting services across the network.
Severe disruption for rail travel across parts of the UK today.
Great Western Railway, Wiltshire/Bristol
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Crosscountry, West Midlands/Gloucestershire
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