Storm Doris chaos as thousands are stranded

Storm Doris chaos as thousands are stranded
23 Feb
2017

Thousands of commuters are facing a journey home from hell - with many being told not to bother at all - as Storm Doris continues to wreak havoc on the UK transport network.

Train lines and motorways have been at a total standstill for most of the afternoon, while flights and boats routes have also been decimated, with winds whipping up to almost 100mph.

The devastating weather has already claimed casualties across the country, with a woman being killed in Wolverhampton outside a Starbucks.

All services from London Euston were suspended due to Storm Doris, while King's Cross and St Pancras are also at a complete standstill, although an extremely limited service has just resumed.

At one stage, Euston had to be evacuated due to mass overcrowding, while crowds were also ushered out of King's Cross - although it later transpired this was due to faulty escalator and the station soon re-opened.

A spokesman for Virgin Trains told MailOnline: 'Due to Storm Doris, our services on both the east coast and west coast are severely disrupted. We are advising customers not to travel today and to check our websites for the latest updates.

'We are aiming to return to a full service tomorrow on both routes. However this will depend upon weather conditions and we do expect trains to be busier than normal.'

At Victoria, trains were also heavily affected and a man was also taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a newly-built entrance to the Underground station.

Birmingham New Street was also plunged into further chaos when fire services rushed to put out an escalator that had caught fire.

Further north, a failure of electricity between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay is causing chaos on Virgin Trains - and several other lines suffering major disruption.

Network Rail warned of 50mph speed restrictions for safety reasons on some services run by Southeastern, Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, Grand Central, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Junction 5 and junction 8 on the M80 in Scotland were closed by snowfall, with users advised by Traffic Scotland to find alternative routes. In Aberdeenshire, some schools have been closed due to the weather.

Aer Lingus cancelled 12 flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in anticipation of the winds, while 36 flights out of London Heathrow were cancelled and another five at London City with other delays possible.

Ferry services have also been affected, with Caledonian MacBrayne warning of disruption on some west coast routes. In addition, A282 at Dartford Crossing, the A14 in Suffolk and the M48 Severn Bridge were closed.

Elsewhere, the snow gates have been closed in both directions on the Banchory to Fettercairn route, while Traffic Scotland warned of high winds on the Tay Road Bridge and the Erskine Bridge.

As Doris hit, Peel Ports in Liverpool said the city's port has been closed due to '100mph gusts of wind', adding: 'All operations are stood down for the safety of our employees, contractors and customers of the port.'