Huge train disruption as services suspended after falling trees and debris

Several train services were suspended this morning due to strong and powerful winds.

Storm Arwen is currently raging and has already caused disruption overnight with hundreds of homes are without electricity.

Train services have now been suspended between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton in the northbound direction as well as between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa.

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Inrix, the travel monitoring site, reports: “Service has been suspended on the CrossCountry and Great Western Railway northbound between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads due to a fallen tree on the line.”

It also confirms that an obstacle on the line is causing the problem further north.

Inrix reports: “Service suspended on CrossCountry between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa due to an obstruction on the line.”

Not only is there currently no service on the South West Railway between Yeovil Junction and Castle Cary due to point failure at Yeovil Pen Mill.

Across the border in Wales there is no service on Transport for Wales due to bad weather conditions and replacement buses are not available.

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Elsewhere there are delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations on the Cross Country and Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and Penzance due to speed restrictions and poor weather conditions.

Roads through the southwest did not fare much better with fallen trees, fallen scaffolding, and fallen power cables causing problems locally.

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