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Storm Eunice disrupts trains, flights and ferries – follow live

With Friday’s predicted Storm Eunice expected to bring winds of up to 100mph to southern Britain, train operators, ferry firms and airlines are warning people not to attempt to travel.

All rail services in Wales will be suspended for the whole of Friday, with likely disruption into the weekend, rail companies have confirmed in a joint press release.

GWR services from London Paddington will terminate at Bristol Parkway rather than continuing to Newport, Cardiff and Swansea.

Inter-city train firms on the East and West Coast main line, including LNER, Grand Central and Avanti West Coast, all say passengers booked to travel on Friday can switch to other days without penalty.

Rail passengers who do try to make journeys face much slower trips, with emergency speed restrictions in place and sharply reduced services.

Meanwhile, on the Irish Sea, some ferries have already been cancelled ahead of the expected wild weather.

Widespread flight disruption is expected. Loganair is offering passengers booked on Friday the chance to change flights without penalty.

Follow the latest updates below:


What time will Storm Eunice hit the UK and where will be affected?

Here’s an hour-by-hour look at Storm Eunice’s expected progress tonight and tomorrow, courtesy of Joe Sommerlad:

Chris Baynes17 February 2022 23:02


All Bristol bus services to be suspended on Friday – until at least 1pm

First Bus, which runs many services in Bristol and surroundings, has cancelled buses on a wide range of routes for Friday morning.

Buses in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Wells will be suspended until at least 1pm.

This includes Metrobus, Bristol Park & Ride and Airport Flyer services.

“We will continue to run a limited service in Bath City,” First says. “But the following services will be suspended: 19, 31 (Lansdown P&R), 39, X39, 171, 172, 173, 174, D1, D2, OS1 and U5.”

Simon Calder17 February 2022 17:39


Trees and trampolines: why high winds disrupt rain services so badly

In his daily travel podcast, The Independent’s travel correspondent explains why a 50mph speed limit has been imposed across much of the rail network. Experience shows that debris falling onto the tracks presents a threat, and so trains slow down.

In Wales, all trains will be cancelled and ferries will also be affected.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Bouncing back: a trampoline blown across railway tracks in Kent in February 2020


Travel Desk17 February 2022 17:30


Big inter-city train operator appeals for passengers not to travel on Friday

LNER, which runs most of the trains on the flagship East Coast main line, has made an appeal to passengers not to travel on Friday 18 February – and says anyone with a ticket for that date can use it on another day, up to and including next Tuesday.

The state-owned train operator said: “StormEunice is expected to bring severe weather, which is likely to cause significant disruption to our services.

“Please DO NOT TRAVEL.  Tickets dated for 18 February will be permitted for travel on 19, 20, 21, and 22 February.”

No go: LNER is urging passengers to postpone their journeys


Simon Calder17 February 2022 17:15


East Anglia trains will be slower, with many cancellations, on Friday

Rail services across Greater Anglia – which links Essex, Suffolk and Norwich with London Liverpool Street – will be cut sharply on Friday 18 February because of forecast high winds.

The Stansted Express airport service will run every half-hour, rather than the normal 15 minute service. The main Norwich-Ipswich-Colchester-London link will be hourly, and branch lines including Norwich to Sheringham and Ipswich to Lowestoft will run every two hours.

“Customers who have booked tickets for travel on Friday 18 February can use them on another day,” says Greater Anglia.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “We will be doing everything we can to keep as many services as possible running safely and reliably, but with such strong winds expected we know that disruption to passengers’ journeys is inevitable.

“We ask passengers to please consider whether your journey is necessary.”

Simon Calder17 February 2022 17:02


London attractions set to close tomorrow

The London Eye and River Cruise have both announced that they will close tomorrow due to bad weather.

“Due to severe weather disruption the London Eye and River Cruise has taken the difficult decision to close tomorrow (Fri 18 Feb). The safety of our guests is our number one priority and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please follow us here for updates,” read a statement from the London Eye.

Kew Gardens also announced it would close on Friday – when London is predicted to see winds of up to 90mph – as did Legoland Windsor.

Legoland has said it will contact customers booked to visit on 18 February.

“If you’re due to visit we’ll be in touch to discuss re-booking. We apologise for the disappointment and look forward to welcoming you back soon,” it posted on Twitter.

Lucy Thackray17 February 2022 15:55


Northern adds to ‘do not travel’ train warnings

Northern has added to the chorus of train operators advising Britons not to use the rail network tomorrow.

“Due to the approaching #StormEunice we are advising customers NOT TO TRAVEL tomorrow, Friday 18 February, between 09:00 and 21:00,” the company posted on Twitter.

“Tickets will be valid today or on Saturday. Refunds are also available via the point of purchase.”

They are reminding customers to check their website updates before travel into the weekend.

Lucy Thackray17 February 2022 15:27


Simon Calder to answer your travel questions

As storms rage, Australia prepares to reopen to tourists and long-haul becomes a possibility again The Independent’s travel expert, Simon Calder, will be on hand this afternoon to answer your burning travel questions.

While news of countries easing entry requirements breaks daily, complex rules on testing – and flight connections – remain.

The largest state down under, Western Australia, is keeping its frontiers closed for now; while in the past week France, Spain, Norway and Switzerland have all reduced their barriers to travel.

So what do these changes mean for your future plans?

Join Simon at 4pm today as he answers as many questions as possible, live, in an hour.

Submit your question in the comments section of this article:

Lucy Thackray17 February 2022 15:07


Loganair aims to keep flying

Loganair, the UK’s biggest regional airline, is telling passengers: “We plan to fly all our scheduled services, and we have standby aircraft and crews in place to help recover any disrupted services as soon as reasonably possible once weather conditions permit.”

But, it says: “In view of the forecasted high winds on Friday 18 February across England, Ireland and Wales and potential for travel disruption, we are offering customers travelling on this day the opportunity to adjust travel plans without charge.”

Passengers can re-book on an alternative flight up to a week from the original travel date.

“There will be no change fee or difference in fare payable’,” the airline says. “If there is a seat available on an earlier or later flight, you can transfer your booking to that flight without charge on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Keep going: Loganair passengers boarding a flight in Islay

(Simon Calder)

Simon Calder17 February 2022 14:49


All Devon & Cornwall branch lines suspended on Friday

Train services on all branch lines in Devon and Cornwall are suspended tomorrow, except for Exmouth-Exeter, according to Network Rail Western.

The Severn Beach line is also suspended, while a temporary speed restriction will be put in place across the entire route.

“Avoid travelling tomorrow if you can, but if you must travel, check before you go as rail services will be disrupted by the bad weather,” Devon County Council warned on Twitter.

Lucy Thackray17 February 2022 14:48

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