Latest canceled trains: Entire East Coast mainline will be closed as heatwave causes rail chaos

Latest canceled trains: Entire East Coast mainline will be closed as heatwave causes rail chaos

As the UK experiences more and more record-breaking temperatures, rail travel has been reduced across the country.

Passengers in England and Wales were warned not to travel on Tuesday unless absolutely necessary as temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the country.

Network Rail has warned travelers, urging them not to attempt travel north from London into the “red zone” where the highest temperatures are expected. The entire East Coast main line has also been closed from Kings Cross, affecting several rail operators.

Steel rails are prone to buckling in extreme temperatures, which means some trains also have to run slower than normal, typically from 125 km/h to 90 km/h or 60 km/h, with some routes up to 20 km/h.

TfL also had a series of delays and line cuts due to the heatwave throughout the day.

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Train users post photos of eerily quiet train stations

Train fans have taken to social media to post images of unusually quiet stations amid heatwave temperatures and traffic disruptions.

Posting a photo of an abandoned Doncaster station, Leonie wrote: “This station has never been so quiet.”

Activist Figen Murray posted a photo of an empty carriage and wrote: “Just on my way to Manchester to welcome a new group of people doing ACT training. Streets are little used, train station parking lots are almost empty, cool and air-conditioned wagons are empty!! Dressed not very matter-of-factly today.”

Benjamin Doughty posted a video of an empty train station in Manchester, writing: “A nearly empty train station is a sight to behold.”

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Spanish passengers horrified as train stops amid wildfires

Train passengers in the Spanish province of Zamora were shocked yesterday when their train came to a halt surrounded by wildfires.

Passenger Francisco Seoane filmed the scene after his train unexpectedly stopped in the Spanish countryside, revealing blazing forest fires on both sides of the route.

“It was really scary to see how quickly the fire spread. In no time a new bush began to burn. It was a matter of seconds,” said the Spaniard The Associated Press on Monday.

“Suddenly night fell,” he said of the darkness created by the plumes of smoke. “And we could even smell the smoke.”

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It will take “decades” to fix overheating rail infrastructure, says Grant Shapps

It will take “decades” to repair Britain’s crumbling climate emergency infrastructure, a Cabinet minister has warned, as the country braces for its hottest day on record.

The problems of buckling railroad lines, sagging overhead wires and melting road asphalt will be repeated for many, many years to come, Grant Shapps said in a somber message to the public.

asked, continue Sky news, if “we’re going to have this kind of problem for decades to come,” Mr Shapps replied: “We are. And the same goes for things like asphalt on the roads.

“It’s a long process of replacing it and upgrading it to withstand temperatures that are either very hot or sometimes much colder than they used to be – and that’s the effects of global warming.”

The rail network can only endure temperatures of 35C – lower than in Spain (45C) and Saudi Arabia (50C) as heat above 40C ‘seemed impossible’.

“It was never imagined that Britain would need it. Of course we will in the future,” Mr Shapps said.

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The midnight train to Newcastle runs all night

A train ran between London King’s Cross and Newcastle on the main East Coast line on Tuesday: a delayed service on Monday evening.

The 10pm LNER express from the Capital to the Tyne finally departed a minute after midnight. By the time it reached Doncaster, the train was almost three hours behind schedule.

The closest route to York – normally set at around 20 minutes – took twice as long, and when it reached Northallerton at 4.07am the train was 198 minutes away.

The 200km/h Azuma train finally arrived in Newcastle at 5.27am, three hours and 34 minutes behind schedule.

David Horne, Managing Director of LNER, tweeted: “A belated end to our customers and crew on the 2200 King’s Cross-Newcastle last night – thank you for everyone’s patience and for getting everyone safely to their destination, which was on most important.”

LNER canceled all trains connecting London to Leeds and York on Tuesday.

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Is the coach’s age?

While Network Rail is urging passengers not to travel much of the rail network, long-distance buses are largely continuing as usual.

National Express says: “Some of our services may be subject to last minute changes as we continue to monitor and respond to the effects of the extreme heat. This may vary across our network and some journeys may take longer than normal.”

Passengers booked for Tuesday can transfer to any day until October 19, 2022.

Megabus tweeted: “Our services are operating as usual and you can keep up to date here and with our bus tracker should there be any service disruptions.”

Some passengers complained about the lack of air conditioning on social media.

(National Express)

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Lane closures essential, says Shapps

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had “actually very strongly questioned” the need to close significant stretches of intercity lines because of the extreme heat, but believed it was essential.

He said BBC today: “The railway lines were built for temperatures between minus 10 and plus 35. Nobody thought when these things were [specified] that we would ever see 40C days in the UK. It just seemed impossible.

“But of course we’re starting to see that, and we’re upgrading the infrastructure to cope in these more extreme heats.

“Of course we cannot allow a railway line to buckle.

“Of course we cannot derail a train, which would be catastrophic. So we have to deal with it responsibly.”

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Severe delays on four subway lines as one TfL line was suspended

The UK heatwave has resulted in a series of delays on London’s underground and suburban rail networks, with Transport for London (TfL) currently reporting “serious delays” on the Bakerloo, Central, District and Metropolitan lines.

The Hammersmith & City line is completely closed, while the London Overground between Willesden Junction to Richmond and Romford to Upminster is closed “due to heat-related speed restrictions”.

There are also minor delays on the Jubilee and Elizabeth lines, as well as the Piccadilly line and London Trams.

(TfL)

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Can I get a refund if I can’t travel by train today?

With temperatures of a whopping 40C forecast for today, many UK rail operators are advising against travel.

Most customers should be able to get a refund or use their tickets at a later date as rail companies bypass normal refund rules.

Avanti West Coast has said that tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday will be accepted for travel on Wednesday 20th July if you are able to reschedule your travel.

cross-country, southeast and Great Western Railway (GWR) Tickets for Monday or Tuesday travel will be accepted for Wednesday or Thursday travel if you are able to reschedule your travel. They add the caveat: “Your ticket must be marked ‘XC ONLY’, ‘CNTRY ONLY’, ‘ANY PERMITTED’, or an alternative geographic route such as ‘VIA BIRMINGHAM’.”

Hull trains Tickets for travel on Monday or Tuesday will be accepted for travel up to and including Friday 22nd July when you are able to reschedule your travel.

Greater Anglia and Stansted Express Tickets for travel on Monday or Tuesday will be accepted for travel “another day” if you are able to reschedule your travel.

Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express Tickets for travel on Monday 18th or Tuesday 19th July will be accepted for travel on Wednesday or Thursday instead if you are able to reschedule your travel. The operators add: “Please note that the original ticket restrictions still apply”.

You can find a complete overview of what the railway operators have to offer here.

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Train derails in Spain amid heatwave

A Spain was reportedly derailed yesterday due to extreme temperatures across Europe.

A local in the San Sebastian-Donostia area tweeted, “El Topo just derailed in #Donostia…between Anoeta and Amara. There are no serious injuries.”

With temperatures between the high 30s and low 40s Celsius there is a risk of railroad tracks warping or ‘buckling’, posing a major risk to moving trains.

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Network Rail: “Don’t Ride” in the Red Zone

Late Monday, Network Rail addressed its warning to travelers, urging them not to attempt to travel north from London into the “red zone” where the highest temperatures are expected.

North of London there will be no Thameslink or Great Northern services throughout the day.

The East Midlands Railway, which connects London St Pancras with Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield, operates a limited service which is suspended altogether from midday to 7pm during the hottest part of the day.

Avanti West Coast services from London Euston are on hold with many cancellations and delays expected on running trains.

Early arrival from Birmingham New Street is delayed 75 minutes. Most trains to and from North West England are running 15-30 minutes behind schedule.

King’s Cross station is closed for most of the day as there are no trains on the East Coast main line.

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