Tag: Transportation

Bad News Folks – The Travel Chaos Is Going To Last All Weekend

Friday’s travel woes are continuing into the weekend as travellers face further delays due to the weather, repair work and a rail strike.

East Midlands Trains (EMT) customers have been warned to expect a significantly reduced service to and from London due to repair work on damaged overhead line equipment and a revised timetable on several local routes because of RMT industrial action.

Customers have also been told to check before heading out on their journeys and not to travel on the London St Pancras-Nottingham-Sheffield route as there will be a reduced timetable.

#EMTUpdate We have set up this web page to preempt questions that customers may have concerning travel on our London route this weekend, such as:

* Should I still travel?
* Is my train running?
* Which trains can I travel on?
* How do I get a refund?https://t.co/LFr0RYhgSH

— East Midlands Trains (@EMTrains) July 27, 2019

A spokesman said that the ongoing disruption to services on the Midland Main Line route to London will continue over the weekend while engineers repair major damage to overhead line equipment near West Hampstead, the Press Association reports.

Jake Kelly, East Midlands Trains managing director, said: “We’re sorry to everybody who has experienced disrupted journeys over the past two days.

“We are working very closely with Network Rail while they work to repair the overhead line equipment and fully reopen the railway, which will in turn allow us to reintroduce our full train service to and from London St Pancras.

Good morning, here is Saturday’s weather summary. Don’t forget, you can visit our website (https://t.co/cQSfu1VDbo) for all local & national weather forecasts including the 6-30 day UK outlook. Please tweet or drop us an email with any other queries. ^Dan pic.twitter.com/mjj2LNTwRq

— Met Office (@metoffice) July 27, 2019

“Whilst this work takes place, we do have a significantly reduced timetable in place on our London route over the weekend and our advice for customers is to avoid travelling on this route wherever possible and make alternative arrangements.

“Due to the RMT industrial action, there will also be some changes to services on our local routes on Saturday, with revised timetables and replacement coach operations in place on some lines.”

After a week in which Britain has been hit by hot temperatures and thunderstorms, heavy rainfall could now bring flooding and travel disruption.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain which covers vast swathes of Scotland and England, with the exception of the South West region, until Sunday afternoon.

Up to 20mm of rain fell in parts of London and the south-east of England overnight on Friday into Saturday, with forecasters expecting up to another 20mm during the morning, which could lead to travel problems.

If you need any information or updates with regards to your flight today, then Gail, our Gatwick chatbot is here to help get you on your way. https://t.co/OdJ4M4g4J0

— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) July 27, 2019

Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible.

It comes after air passengers suffered major disruption on Friday due to the heatwave and a technical problem with the UK’s air traffic control system.

Passengers using Heathrow and Gatwick airports had to contend with delays due to the extreme conditions across Europe.

The air traffic control company Nats said a technical problem with a system at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control centre had been identified shortly after noon, which restricted the rate of arrivals.

A Heathrow spokesman said the technical issue has now been resolved, adding: “We apologise to passengers for any disruption that this caused.”

On Saturday morning, Gatwick Airport said: “We aim to run a normal schedule today, however due to ongoing adverse weather across Europe, passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest information.”


Two Pedestrians Die After Being Hit By A Car In Scotland

 Two people have died after a road traffic collision in Glenrothes, Fife.Police Scotland said the two pedestrians, a 59-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene.The incident, involving a grey Ford Fiesta, took place …

Woman In Her 80s ‘Crashes Car Into Specsavers’ In Boston, Lincolnshire

Emergency services have rushed to Boston, Lincolnshire following reports that a woman in her 80s crashed into a Specsavers shop. 

Police, fire and ambulance workers are all at the scene, with residents being warned to avoid the area. It is not known how serious any injuries are at this stage.

Emergency services on scene at a serious RTC on Wide Bargate, Boston outside of Specsavers Opticians. The vehicle was being driven by a driver in her 80’s. Please avoid the area while we deal with this incident. Injuries are being assessed we will provide an update when we can

— Lincolnshire Police (@lincspolice) July 1, 2019

@peter_levy@BBCRadioLincs Nasty accident in the centre of Boston involving car and pedestrian. Bedfordshire air ambulance has landed in Central Park. pic.twitter.com/EsEWtawr1R

— ˢⁱᵐᵒⁿ ᵐⁱⁿⁿⁱᶜᵃⁿ 🔜🌍🔚 (@minnican) July 1, 2019

A witness told Lincolnshire Live they saw a car had crashed into the window of the Specsavers and it appeared that someone was trapped under the vehicle.

Lincolnshire Police posted a statement on Twitter describing the incident as “serious” and said emergency services were still at the scene.

The statement continued: “The vehicle was being driven by a driver in her 80′s. Please avoid the area while we deal with this incident. Injuries are being assessed we will provide an update when we can.”

A spokesman from the East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 1.37pm on 1 July to Wide Bargate in Boston. The caller reported there had been a road traffic collision.

“We sent two crewed ambulances and a LIVES community first responder. We are still on scene.”

It is also reported that Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue sent two fire engines to the scene of the incident and an air ambulance from the charity Magpas landed in a nearby park. 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

Pensioner Who Collided With William And Kate’s Convoy ‘May Not Get Through This’, Warns Sister

The sister of a pensioner who collided with a police motorbike escorting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fears her sibling may not survive her injuries.

Irene Mayor, 83, suffered a broken pelvis, two broken arms, a broken leg and a serious head injury, in the accident which occurred in Windsor on Monday, a relative told the Daily Mail.

Her sister Joyce Shore, 86, told the newspaper: “Irene may not get through this… the police outriders have to slow down.”

Irene Mayor was involved in a collision with a police outrider on Monday 

Mayor, who is a widowed grandmother, was involved in the collision as William and Kate were on their way to a ceremony.

Kensington Palace said the duke and duchess were “deeply concerned and saddened” by what happened. The couple are understood to have sent flowers.

Mayor’s 89-year-old brother praised the royals for making contact after the crash, saying: “It is good that they have been in touch. They are just human beings.”

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the circumstances of the collision which involved a motorcycle attached to the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command.

Louise Rawlinson, 41, helped tend to Mayor until paramedics arrived.

She had been moving furniture out of her shop when a passing police bike made a noise, prompting her to look around and see the pensioner on the floor.

The pensioner had shopping with her and seemed like she “did not realise what had happened”, according to Rawlinson.

She said that Mayor had an injury to the back of her head which was bleeding heavily, which she held and treated.

The Duke and Duchess were on their way to participate in the annual Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle 

Rawlinson said: “She was talking, I wasn’t concerned let’s just put it that way, because she was speaking.”

The officer had not come off his bike during the incident and had “clipped” Mayor, according to Rawlinson. She also described the officer as being visibly upset and looking “grey”.

She said there were two officers and others helping the woman.

Rawlinson said: “He was there the whole time, the whole time. He was taking her pulse, he was amazing. We all worked as a team.

“They did a fantastic job, and I felt that they were really professional and he wasn’t going fast.”

Rawlinson said she overheard paramedics at the scene say that Mayor had been clipped by a wing mirror.

“It was an accident, and I think what it was they just did not see each other,” she said.

A witness told The Sun: “His bike hit her and she spun round, off her feet and fell badly on the floor.”

Her daughter Fiona told the newspaper the royal couple have offered to visit.

She added: “She’s got lots of injuries. They are just keeping her stable at the moment.”

Another witness, who did not want to give his name, told the Press Association he saw a woman lying in the road in the aftermath of the accident when he opened one of his windows.

The 76-year-old said: “There were people around her trying to make her comfortable – bringing blankets and putting a pillow under her head, that kind of thing.

“Everyone was talking to her so she was awake. I don’t think her legs were moving at all but her arms were moving slightly.

“I saw a police bike… and it was on its side, on the wrong side of the road facing the wrong way.”

An IOPC spokesman said: “The woman, in her 80s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

“In line with procedure, the Metropolitan Police Service referred the collision to the IOPC.

“Our staff attended the scene of the incident and after careful consideration, we have launched an independent investigation.

“The investigation is in its very early stages and the officer involved is assisting our inquiries as a witness.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the injured woman and her family and those affected by the incident.”

Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the accident on Monday afternoon.

“Their Royal Highnesses have sent their very best wishes to Irene and her family and will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery.”

The accident took place at around 12.50pm on Monday when the royal couple were on their way to Windsor for the St George’s Chapel service commemorating the Order of the Garter.

Giles Oakley, a neighbour who lives opposite Mayor, told the Press Association: “They’re a lovely family.

“It is very, very sad that Irene has been injured. She is a very sweet person and is very well liked in the street.”

Earlier this year, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, surrendered his driving licence after a crash at Sandringham.

Philip flipped his Land Rover Freelander on January 17 after colliding with a Kia as he pulled out onto the A149 in Norfolk.

Duke Of Kent ‘Involved In Car Crash’

The Duke of Kent has been involved in a car accident, according to reports.The Queen’s 83-year-old cousin was driving a Jaguar when he collided with another car in Sussex earlier this month, according to the MailOnline.Olivia Fellows, 21, claims …

UK Weather: M25 Closed Due to Sinkholes As Torrential Rain Continues

Two sinkholes forced the closure of parts of the M25 in both directions overnight, with further disruption expected as torrential rain continues to lash the country.

On Monday night, police were forced to shut a section of the M25 overnight after discovering two sinkholes on the central reservation.

**ALERT** M25 jct 4-5 closed as a result of a single vehicle RTC which in turn has lead to to the discovery of 2 sinkholes in the central Reservation. Awaiting @HighwaysSEAST to attend and assess. DS pic.twitter.com/nQtGolW3ez

— Kent Police RPU (@kentpoliceroads) June 10, 2019

Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit tweeted there had been a road traffic accident involving one vehicle between junctions four and five, near Sevenoaks.

This in turn lead to the discovery of two sinkholes in the central reservation, the unit said in the tweet.

The motorway was closed in both directions and Highways England said it was assessing the “serious road defect” and the M25 would remain closed on Tuesday morning.

One of those affected by the closure and subsequent diversions was children’s television presenter Dave Benson Phillips. 


If you were directed off the south part of the M25 to a flooded road on the way into Kent, and there was a black bloke in a Toyota warning all drivers the road was flooded, I hope I helped. I wish those involved a safe journey. I drove in and reversed in waist-high water!

— Dave Benson Phillips (@DaveBensonPhill) June 11, 2019

The Get Your Own Back presenter had been directed off the M25 in Kent onto a flooded road and said he had driven in waist deep water. 

He subsequently spent some time warning other drivers about the flooded road.

His tweet said: “If you were directed off the south part of the M25 to a flooded road on the way into Kent, and there was a black bloke in a Toyota warning all drivers the road was flooded, I hope I helped.”

Wymondham railway bridge completely blocked, never seen it this high. Still rising. DO NOT ATTEMPT IT. Missing manhole covers. @BBCNorfolk@NorfolkPolicepic.twitter.com/iiYcs6f3oh

— Joe Darlow (@darlow_joe) June 10, 2019

Meanwhile, Kent was hit with further disruption when heavy flooding closed all lines through Orpington railway station for several hours.

National Rail has also warned that Southern and Thameslink trains will be heavily impacted during the morning commute, with some services delayed or cancelled due to flooding.

North-eastern parts of England and the Midlands are expected to bear the brunt of the downpours on Tuesday, with a yellow warning in place until midnight.

@LondonTrafficW1 A20 well flooded west kingsdown police car trapped outside game cock pub. Avoid pic.twitter.com/X42TXzOzcE

— Safe Dave PhD (@jonathan0158) June 10, 2019

Some areas set to see up to 60mm of rain, particularly over the first half of the day, according to the Met Office.

Another warning covers Devon and Somerset, where similar conditions are expected.

On Monday, forecaster Steven Keates said some places could see a month’s worth of rain in just two days.

The Environment Agency has issued three flood warnings in south-east England, for the River Wandle at Morden, south London, the Emm Brook at Wokingham and Ravensbourne at Bromley.

Good morning UK! Rain, heavy at times & strong winds will continue across much of England & Wales. South & southeastern parts will be brighter with lighter winds but with heavy, thundery showers developing. Driest & brightest across Scotland & NI. More: https://t.co/cQSfu1VDbopic.twitter.com/32HABnWYUZ

— Met Office (@metoffice) June 11, 2019

The agency said on its website: “River levels have risen as a result of localised thunderstorms. Flooding of property is expected imminently. Please take action.”

A total of 31 flood alerts – which mean flooding is possible – are in place across the country.

On Wednesday and Thursday, some parts of the UK could be struck by 60mm to 80mm of rain, and possibly even up to 100mm.

The heavy rainfall continues today as thundery showers cross England from the east. Travel disruption is likely and there could be localised #flooding in the midlands, north and east. Check the #flood risk in your area: https://t.co/ke8GFILvev#floodaware#prepareactsurvivepic.twitter.com/IoSaU9DMvA

— Environment Agency (@EnvAgency) June 11, 2019

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill described the figures as the “worst-case scenarios” but added that people need “to be aware that we’re in for some treacherous weather”.

“If you add it all up some places are likely to see over 100mm this week, which is around double the average they would get in the whole of June,” he said.

Residents are being told to avoid low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers which may be flooded. 

The UK’s Motor Industry Is Jeopardy – This Is Why

The failing fortunes the UK car manufacturing industry was dealt yet another blow on Thursday, when Ford confirmed its engine plant in Bridgend will close in September 2020.The news follows a slew of announcements over recent months, which will see a n…