Floods cause extensive travel chaos

Travel chaos caused by floods after torrential rain has hit road and rail services in many areas of England and Scotland.

Buses supposed to replace cancelled trains were unable to move across much of Cumbria, with services run by ScotRail, CrossCountry, East Coast and Northern Rail badly affected.

A major landslip between Carlisle and Penrith North Lakes hit TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains' services, while downpours caused travel misery in south and south-west England and Wales.

Flood damage to a bridge in the Feltham area of west London has had a serious impact on rugby fans travelling to Twickenham for the England-New Zealand international match.

Supporters from Reading and the West Country have been advised to travel on First Great Western (FGW) services to Paddington station and return to Twickenham by main line train and Tube.

FGW services in Devon and Cornwall were also hit, while First Capital Connect services north and south of London were again affected by a driver shortage.

Arriva Trains Wales had to introduce replacement bus services between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Metropolitan line services on the Underground were also severely delayed.

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