Millions of travellers face disrupted journeys as Storm Jocelyn sweeps across the UK – with barely any respite since the last named storm, Isha, caused havoc, widespread cancellations of trains, planes and ferries is taking place.
The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings for high winds associated with Storm Jocelyn on Tuesday and early on Wednesday. They cover all of the UK except for the area south and east of a line between the Severn and the Wash.
Scotland is particularly hard hit once again, with high winds and heavy rainfall are set to cause major disruption to rail and ferry services. An amber weather warning for wind is in place for coastal areas from 6pm on Tuesday to 8am on Wednesday.
The Met Office warns: “There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected.”
Elsewhere, flights have been cancelled to and from London Heathrow due to predicted air-traffic control restrictions.
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Scotland’s railway will be shut down entirely for the second time in three days from 7pm on Tuesday, ahead of Storm Jocelyn hitting.
Network Rail Scotland said: “Given the extraordinary number of incidents caused by the ferocity of Storm Isha, and the likelihood of more damage to our railway as Storm Jocelyn follows so closely behind, we’ve taken the decision to shut down all passenger and freight services from 7pm tomorrow [Tuesday]”.
Trains that are still running at 7pm will complete their journey at a reduced speed.
The organisation said: “Lines will remain closed on Wednesday morning until our engineers inspect tracks for damage and fallen trees or debris. This means services will start up later, like today [Monday].
“Our Integrated Control team has taken this decision to keep passengers and our people safe. We’re working with our train operators now on the details of this plan, and we’ll share more information as soon as we can.”
TransPennine Express, the intercity train operator in northern England and southern Scotland, has issued 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…