Train services thrown our of gear as weather worsens in UK

Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014

ukRailway passenger train passengers forced to huddle in foil blankets as heat and light failed during terrible storms on Wednesday night, with more transport chaos predicted At .5.10 am train were passengers forced to huddle in foil blankets as heat and light failed during terrible storms on Wednesday night, with more transport chaos predicted Terrible storms caused chaos on the rail network last night as hundreds of passengers were left stranded for hours without heating and lighting following high winds, heavy rain and trees and debris strewn across tracks.

Commuters face another day of disruption with some trainlines warning of reduced
services and delays, while others have urged passengers not to travel at all.

Last night, winds were so severe Virgin trains urged all customers to ‘abandon travel’, while travellers already on trains were let off at the nearest station.

Passengers travelling on the London Kings Cross to Edinburgh line spent five hours stranded in North Yorkshire, wrapped in foil blankets after emergency power lasted for just 30 minutes.

One passenger, Sophie Cunningham, said the cold was so severe on the train it was “like standing on the side of the track”.

We are absolutely ice cold,” she said. “They brought out foil blankets because when the heat goes off it goes off, there’s nothing, it’s like standing on the side of the track. There were pregnant people, elderly people, it was pretty bad.”

Another, Michael Stowe, was forced to sleep huddled in foil as he waited for the train to restart.

Trains were barred from Crewe after the station roof was blown off and falling cables started a fire.

One of the two main links between London and Scotland was also shut down ahead of 100mph gale force winds.

Commuters can expect another day of delays and cancellations. Parts of the West Coast Main line are closed and First Great Western is advising passengers not to travel, although it has lifted ticket restrictions across the network until tomorrow.

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