COP26: Trains from London Euston to Glasgow delayed or canceled after fallen tree and inclement weather caused travel chaos on first day of climate summit

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COP26: Trains from London Euston to Glasgow delayed or canceled after fallen tree and inclement weather caused travel chaos on first day of climate summit


Hundreds of people were unable to travel by train from London to Glasgow for the first day of the COP26 climate summit today after a fallen tree and inclement weather sparked rail chaos.

The voyager the disruption earlier today was caused by damage to overhead power lines between Rugby and Milton Keynes on the west coast mainline.

Travelers have expressed frustration with the delays on social media, with many alluding to the extreme weather on the first day of COP26 reminder of the impacts of climate change.

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COP26: Trains to Glasgow delayed by a tree on the rails

Meanwhile, the Met Office said the delays were caused by torrential rains and gusty winds of over 80 mph across the country.

Krish Kandiah, global ambassador for the charity World Vision, sent a warning about UK public transport infrastructure as he struggled to get to the climate conference in Glasgow.

He said: “Our public transport infrastructure is unreliable; if we are to green our economy, public transport must work to get people off their cars and planes.

“Here we come to a very important climate conference and UK public transport does not seem up to the task. “

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Hundreds of people stranded in Euston after trains were canceled due to a fallen tree

Elsewhere, LBC Westminster correspondent Ben Kentish added that some people had booked flights to COP26 and said it was “embarrassing”.

Mr Kentish wrote on Twitter: ‘A lot of people with train tickets to Glasgow for COP26 now have to book flights instead due to the mess that is the UK rail network.

“A very embarrassing start to the conference. “

Network Rail soon issued a statement advising people to travel to Glasgow on Monday instead.

“We advise passengers looking to travel from London to Glasgow to travel tomorrow,” a spokesperson said. “This is due to the impact of extremely heavy rains and strong wind on the railroad tracks today.

“All northern lines have been affected at times, including the west coast main line, which remains impassable due to damaged overhead power cables.

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“We are very sorry for this. We exist to quickly move people and goods from A to B. But today’s extreme weather conditions have got the better of us.

“Overnight, our engineers will repair damaged overhead cables near Rugby to move passengers tomorrow. “

South Western Railway has also apologized to customers after trees blocked part of the network, resulting in cancellations, delays and service changes.

He advised passengers to “travel only if it is essential”.

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London Euston also advised people to travel on Monday mornings instead.

Meteorologist Tom Morgan said the Met Office had suggested there may have been “localized tornadoes” in some areas.

He said: “We have a deep Atlantic area of ​​low pressure which brings a very strong band of rain and high winds over the whole country, but especially in the south of England.

“We saw very strong gusts of wind on the south coast… and a few reports of wind damage.

“It is not excluded that there were localized and brief funnel clouds or tornadoes.

“Over the past two days we’ve seen reports and seen photos of funnel clouds and water jets, which look like tornadoes. “

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