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Travel chaos as flooding affects UK railways

Extreme weather is affecting rail services across the country.

Passengers have been advised to check journeys online for any disruption.

Delays or cancellations were reported on:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • c2c Rail
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Gatwick Express
  • Great Northern
  • Thameslink
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • London North Western Railway
  • Merseyrail
  • Northern
  • Scotrail
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • South Western Railway
  • Transport for Wales
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Railway

National Rail have the latest updates here.

Storm Ciara: Rail commuters advised to check route

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

A fallen tree held up Southeastern rail services to Chatham, Kent
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A fallen tree held up Southeastern rail services to Chatham, Kent

The destruction wreaked by Storm Ciara is still affecting commuters this morning, who are being told to check advice before they travel.

“Almost the entire country was affected by this storm in some way. Over half of train operators yesterday were giving out a do not travel warning, today we are saying check before you travel wherever you are in the country,“ Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions for Rail Delivery Group, told the Today programme.

Mr Nisbet said trees falling on the track or bringing down overhead cables had been a particular issue.

"You can imagine the impact that’s having on the morning commute because a lot of trains that should have been in one place to start the commute are actually in another place."

He urged commuters to go on to the National Rail website and check the advice from individual companies.

Re-opening old rail lines? Where's the cheque!

The disused Fleetwood and Poulton-le-Fylde line with potential passengers
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The disused Fleetwood and Poulton-le-Fylde line with potential passengers

Sticking with railway news, there has been widespread criticism of a government fund set to be launched to help restore historic railway lines closed more than 50 years ago under the so-called Beeching cuts.

Labour has called the plan "meaningless", saying that £500m would help reopen just 25 miles of railway.

Dennis Fancett, Chair of South East Northumberland Rail User Group told BBC Newcastle: “What exactly is this study for given that so many studies have already been and how many more studies are we going to need before someone actually writes a cheque?

"We were up to the final stage of Network Rail's process so what I was really hoping for was an announcement that we’re all systems go and funding for the entire reopening is provided and building can start.

"It seems that we’re not quite there. I just don’t understand why we can’t just do it now. The stations are all designed, the work is all scheduled and it just needs to crack on and do it."

Merseyrail and the Cambrian line get readers' approval

Merseyrail train
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Earlier we asked you for stories of train services that you're pleased with.

Steven Lane from Moreton, Wirral nomined Merseyrail.

"It has amazing reliability, cheap fares, frequent trains, and all with trains that are ancient," he reports.

He says new trains are set to come into service on the line later this year.

"If they match the old workhorses then they will be great. But the golden oldies have set a high bar."

Merseyrail was named the UK's most punctual rail network last week.

Meanwhile, Len Lewis said: "A good word for staff on the Cambrian line between Welshpool and Aberystwyth.

"They are unfailingly friendly, helpful and polite. This applies both to the onboard crews and booking office."

The trains are old but comfortable, he says, adding: "Yes there are problems, only a two-hourly service during the afternoon and a lack of car parking and station facilities. But hopefully these facilities will now be improved."

We're pleased to be able to report some positive news for a change!

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