Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Commuters are warned to expect rush hour chaos as Storm Aileen brings strong winds to parts of UK



Commuters are being warned to expect rush hour chaos as Storm Aileen brings strong winds to parts of the UK.

 
Aileen, the first named storm this season, left thousands without power overnight.


The Met Office warns gusts of up to 75mph could hit north Wales, southern parts of northern England, the north Midlands and Norfolk later.


Highways England warns of an increased risk to drivers of lorries, caravans and motorbikes being blown over.


It also advised people to take extra care and considered delaying their journey if the weather becomes more severe.
Overnight, more than 800 homes were without power in Nottinghamshire, and a further 700 homes in Lincolnshire were also affected.


Power cuts were also reported in parts of Wales and south-west England.


Police forces in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Gloucestershire have all reported trees being blown over by the winds during the night.





Disruption is also expected to rail services during the morning rush hour.


On its website, National Rail said falling trees and large branches, power cuts and debris blown onto the tracks were causing problems.


Affected services include Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia, London Midland, Merseyrail, Northern, South Western Railway, Southern and TransPennine Express.


Network Rail is expected to impose speed restrictions on some services.





BBC    News.