Travel disruption Wednesday 3 January 2018Back to Forum
Tagged: Storm Eleanor
It seems there will be some travel disruption tomorrow with two lots of weather coming in and winds of up to 50mph forecast for airports including Heathrow.
— Met Office (@metoffice) January 2, 20182 Jan 2018
BA has now published a page on potential disruption due to Storm Eleanor – no specifics as yet, but the carrier says that:
“For safety reasons, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has to allow greater space between landing aircraft in strong winds and this has resulted in a reduced number of aircraft being allowed to land each hour at Heathrow.
“This will mean a small reduction in our short-haul schedules at Heathrow and some delays to other flights.
“The high winds may also delay the offloading of baggage at some airports throughout the day.”2 Jan 2018
Rail problems including Gatwick Express…
Following severe weather earlier today across the Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink network, train services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 10:00.
Speed restrictions have been lifted following high winds with gusts of between 50-60 mph from storm Eleanor last night.
High winds can cause a number of problems for the the railway, in particular obstructions caused by fallen trees and other debris blown onto the lines. In exposed coastal areas where gusts are strongest high waves may also cause damage to tracks and ballast (the small stones which tracks rest on).
Network Rail, who own and maintain the railway have additional staff in place ready to respond to potential problems. They also have specialist chainsaw trained teams ready to remove fallen trees and branches.
How will this affect my journey?
Network Rail will be checking for fallen trees prior to train services starting this morning and some early morning services may be altered or cancelled if any lines are found to be blocked by fallen or blown debris. It’s advised you to check before travelling if you are planning to travel early this morning.
A tree on the line just south of Horsham Station, Network Rail are on site clearing the remains of the tree.To do this the power has been turned off meaning delays to the following services departing from Horsham, 05:15 Horsham to London Victoria and the 05:36 Horsham to London Victoria. The power has now been restored after the tree was removed. Services are now departing.
A tree on the line south of Three Bridges Station. Network Rail have already cleared the remains of the tree away and confirmation has been received that the line is clear.
A tree has fallen on Platform 1 at Horley, no impact on the train service. A team is on site to remove the tree.
A tree on the line at Tooting, which has now cleared. This lead to the 06:04 Sutton to Luton Thameslink service being diverted.3 Jan 2018
at 07:413 Jan 2018