29/06/2012

Transport Chaos After Flash Floods

Flash floods have disrupted transport across the UK today, with trains cancelled between Scotland and England.

The flooding followed severe storms and torrential rain that saw an inch of water fall from the skies in an hour in some areas.

Cars were partially submerged, roads impassable and houses flooded in the adverse weather, which occurred mainly in northern England, Scotland, the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

A 24-wagon train came off the tracks near Tulloch, blocking the West Highland line between Crianlarich and Mallaig last night.

And East Coast Trains have cancelled all services between Newcastle and Edinburgh following floods and a 30-tonne landslide.

No replacement bus services have been offered and the line will be closed until it is fixed, which the company hoped would be tomorrow, but tickets on the route will stay valid tomorrow.

Yesterday, a Glasgow Virgin Trains service was stranded between landslides in the Lake District for more than two hours.

After it was diverted, a fire in the front coach caused it to have to be diverted.

Thousands of homes in North Tyneside were left without power after substations flooded, and schools and workplaces up and down the country remained closed while families hit by flooding in Northern Ireland on Wednesday night have been told it could be months before they can go back home.

But weather in the south of Britain was calm and dry, with some temperatures of up to 28 degrees.

Weather warnings from the Met Office have been lifted and the country is expected to get drier over the weekend.

(NE)

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