Adverse weather causes severe travel disruption across the UK
Extreme weather conditions brought on by the UK’s summer heatwave continue to cause delays for passengers using ferries, airports and Eurotunnel trains.
Unusually hot weather brought on a round of thunderstorms yesterday that have caused delays for those looking to get away for the summer holidays.
National Rail said there were delays across the network from London St Pancras to Luton and Bedford while Eurotunnel users are facing hold-ups of up to four hours.
Passengers travelling from Folkestone, Kent, were advised to bring bottles of water with them and to not travel unless it was absolutely necessary.
Passenger service update: Travelling from Folkestone, due to the recovery of our shuttle capacity following recent severe weather conditions, there is currently a 2.5 hour wait for low vehicles; for high vehicles there is up to 5 hours. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary.
— Eurotunnel Le Shuttle (@LeShuttle) July 28, 2018
Air navigation provider NATS said thunderstorms across London and the east of England has affected a number of flights across the UK
“Dealing with bad weather is one of the most difficult things for air traffic controllers to manage,” it said. “Its unpredictable nature means aircraft are not able to fly their usual routes, which results in unusual flight patterns. Thunderstorms are particularly disruptive as they effectively block large swathes of airspace because aircraft cannot fly through them.
“Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest information on individual flights.”
Gatwick and Luton airports tweeted that they were experiencing delays and possible cancellations, while budget airline Ryanair said cancelled flights caused by thunderstorms at Stansted yesterday evening had had a knock on effect into today.
Due to thunderstorm activity across Europe this morning, air traffic control restrictions are in place and some flights may be subject to delay or cancellation. Please check with your airline for the latest information: https://t.co/6VWLHSaL2H pic.twitter.com/I8pyqv8Ca1
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— London Luton Airport (@LDNLutonAirport) July 28, 2018
Adverse weather across Europe is affecting flights in and outbound from Gatwick Airport, this may result in delays and cancellations. Please contact your airline for specific flight information before you travel to the airport.
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) July 28, 2018
The Met Office today issued a yellow warning heavy showers, saying that bus and train journeys were likely to be delayed.
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 28, 2018
Over the course of yesterday the weather body recorded 17,500 across the UK. London North Eastern Railway (LNER), which runs services out of London to Edinburgh, said lightning strikes had caused multiple signalling failures across its network as it advised passengers not to travel.
Today, early morning trains to Edinburgh were cancelled.
Meanwhile, the port of Dover advised passengers to leave plenty of time for travel due to high volumes of traffic:
Due to high volumes of traffic there are currently queues on the approach roads & at border controls at the Port. Please allow plenty of time for your travel. For information regarding your crossing please contact @DFDSUKUpdates & @POferriesupdate Thank you for your patience.
— Port of Dover (@Port_of_Dover) July 28, 2018