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Storm Jocelyn: Commuters given 5-hour warning to travel before winds wreak havoc

Simon Calder’s Travel

Train companies have warned against travel between England and Scotland on Tuesday afternoon as Storm Jocelyn is set to lash the UK with heavy downpours and winds of up to 80mph.

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for winds covering most of the UK, together with yellow warnings for rain covering parts of western and southern Scotland, and north-west England.

It comes just a day after Storm Isha left thousands of people without power and caused havoc on roads, trains and planes as the UK was blasted by intense rain and winds of up to 107mph.

The severe weather has prompted TransPennine Express, the intercity train operator in northern England and southern Scotland, to issue a “do not travel” notice.

The state-run company is “strongly urging customers travelling to/from Edinburgh/Glasgow not to travel after 3pm on Tuesday 23 January”. Services are expected to be restored at midday on Wednesday.

High winds and heavy rainfall are set to cause major disruption to services in and out of Scotland.

The company says: “Services across the rest of the network are expected to be impacted, we strongly recommend you check before you travel and plan ahead.”

A fallen tree on the line at Arrochar & Tarbet (Network Rail Scotland)

(PA Media)

In addition to that Avanti West Coast has urged Anglo-Scottish travellers to make their journeys early – and warned that none of its trains will run across the border between Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.

The rail firm, which connects London Euston with the West Midlands, northwest England, North Wales and southern Scotland, says: “The last scheduled service from London Euston to Glasgow Central departs at 3.30pm (5.41pm from Preston) and is expected to be extremely busy.

“The last trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh will leave before 5pm. Our train service to and from Scotland is expected to resume no earlier than 12 noon on 24 January.

“Tickets to or from destinations north of Preston dated 23 or 24 January can be used at any time, and up to and including Thursday 25 January.

Avanti also warns: “Journeys in the northwest of England may take longer due to speed restrictions.”

Rough seas rock boats in Dun Laoghaire harbour as Storm Isha hit the UK on Monday

(Irish Coast Guard – Dun Laoghaire)

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