Heathrow and Gatwick: Travel chaos as Storm Eunice set to strike London within hours
While many Brits will have been planning to jet off on their half term holidays this Friday, Storm Eunice has now thrown a serious spanner in the works with many flights facing cancellation and other forms of disruption. The Met Office has issued a red ‘danger to life’ warning for the storm which many are already referring to as the ‘worst in 30 years’ and winds of up to 70mph are set to batter London, causing chaos at the capital’s airports.
Trains across the country are also facing serious disruption ahead of the storm hitting around 10am this morning, with warnings from operators that services could be “withdrawn at short notice” due to the chaotic weather conditions.
Airports are warning passengers to prepare for disruption, with Gatwick and Stansted advising customers to check the status of their flights with airlines, as well as allowing plenty of time to travel. Gatwick Airport tweeted: “Weather Warning. Be advised that due to storm Eunice, there is the possibility for disruption to flights, and the shuttle service to North terminal tomorrow, between approximately 10am and 4pm. Please arrive earlier if you are flying from Gatwick.
Heathrow urged those travelling to regularly check the status of their flights as the bad weather could cause “last-minute delays.” A spokesperson said: “Storm Eunice is forecast to cause poor weather conditions across the UK tomorrow. We are working in close collaboration with our airline and air traffic control partners to get passengers safely away on their journeys as quickly as possible.
“High winds and poor weather can cause last-minute delays, but we will do everything in our power to minimise any disruption that results. We encourage passengers to check their flight status with their airline for the latest information.”
If passengers are delayed, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued advice on what travellers should do. “If you are delayed, your airline has a duty of care for you, potentially including the provision of food and drinks, as well as accommodation if you are delayed overnight,” they said in a statement.
Trains are also set to face disruption coming into and out of London. East Midlands Railway advised trains to and from London St Pancras “may be withdrawn at short notice” due to Storm Eunice. “You should only travel if your journey is unavoidable,” the firm added on Twitter.
National Rail said there would be no trains between Nottingham and Skegness until about 8am, and Northern said it was advising customers “NOT TO TRAVEL across the Northern network.”
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The rare red weather warning, the highest available to the Met Office, was issued this morning for London and the southeast, adding to a previous red warning for Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. The forecaster has warned people in affected areas to expect: “Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down. Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.
“Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage, and large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes.”
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