Published On: Sat, Aug 10th, 2019

UK weather chaos: Floods bring down train line as up to foot of water blocks lines


Network rail Scotland have said the West Coast mainline between Scotland and England has been closed due to flooding on the tracks between Carlisle and Lockerbie. The train operator said water levels were about a foot above the rails. Passengers on five trains are currently trapped or blocked due to the high volumes of water on the tracks.

The company said services were likely to be affected until the end of the day.

Network Rail said they are currently making arrangements to move the five blocked trains. 

They have also advised that flood water on the south bound lines are less severe, and will be reopening shortly.

But services are still likely to be delayed, as south bound traffic will be limited to a speed of 5mph.

National Rail has also been issuing travel warnings, as heavy rain has caused “extensive damage” to the railway at various locations in Scotland.

They said a landslip occured at Garolochhead, which means no trains will be able to call at this station until the end of the day.

Pictures from Network Rail Scotland show a significant amount of water covering the tracks, stranding one train.

Customers travelling between Carlisle and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh are being advised not to travel.

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The weather is also affecting the wider network with companies including Virgin Trains, LNER and CrossCountry urging passengers to check ahead.

The news comes after the Met Office weather warnings across much of the UK this weekend, forecasting thunderstorms and gale-force winds.

They also warned of potential flooding and power cuts.

Two warnings are in place on Saturday, one for thunderstorms and one for wind.

The thunderstorm warning covers Lancaster and above, blanketing the UK until the northern tip of Scotland.

The Met Office said: “Slow-moving thundery showers on Saturday may produce some torrential downpours which could cause local flooding and disruption to travel.”

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