Train derails after landslide as heavy rain causes UK travel chaos

Train derails after landslide as heavy rain causes UK travel chaos

Half a month’s rain falls in a few hours, flooding roads, homes and stations, and leading to derailment near Watford

A landslide resulting from torrential rain has caused a train to derail, after half a month’s rain fell in a few hours and caused travel chaos across the UK.

A heatwave this week for much of the UK ended spectacularly on Friday morning, with the east, south and south-east of England the most affected areas. They all had amber weather warnings in place, the second-highest alert level, according to the Met Office.

#Thunderstorms are currently moving across SE Britain bringing the risk of flash flooding and traffic disruption pic.twitter.com/LYXDySldDk

#WatfordJunction At 7am this morning, a train hit a landslip, caused by torrential rain, resulting in a (cont) https://t.co/fBs7e5AO6X

Due to a derailment this morning, there will be delays and cancellations. Ticket acceptance in place on other train operating companies

#WatfordJunction – London Midland are advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Sewage is now flooding #Didcot Station. Only platform 1 open. Will have to be deep cleaned b4 reopening. #signalling problems 2 add 2 woes

#M4 now closed W/B at J8 #Maidenhead with divert over jcn via exit and entry slips to clear flooding under bridge. pic.twitter.com/QDJWzHwKhM

It’s been a long night for our Oxfordshire firefighters who have dealt with a spate of flooding related calls since 4am.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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