Network Rail states that Scotland will likely be suspended until approximately noon due to an eventful evening.
The railway has swiftly bounced back this morning after Storm Isha, with the removal of trees and debris along routes in England and Wales. Route proving trains have confirmed that the lines are now free from obstruction.
There has been a resumption of passenger and freight services, with most areas expecting a reliable service. Passengers should continue to check the latest travel updates on train operators’ websites before embarking on their journeys.
In Scotland, we anticipate that services will not resume until noon due to numerous closures caused by fallen trees and flooding.
Several hundred engineers are currently on site, equipped with chainsaws and cherry pickers to remove and repair the damage. After completion, test trains will be sent out to ensure the route is safe before passenger services can resume.
The night has been eventful, but both passengers and railway workers have remained secure. We will dedicate ourselves to restoring the railway as soon as possible.
The storm has had a significant impact on Scotland.
Services in Scotland will resume at 9am.
Scotland reports that there is a closure on the A1 southbound at Thorntonloch due to a lorry overturning.
Strong winds caused the Tay Road Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge, and A66 in Durham and Cumbria (between A1(M) and M6) to be closed. Additionally, high-sided vehicles were not allowed on the Humber Bridge, A19 Tees Flyover, and A628 Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire.
Network Rail has announced that Scotland will most likely be suspended until roughly noon due to “a chaotic evening”.
The train system has bounced back swiftly this morning after Storm Isha, with railway tracks in England and Wales cleared of trees and debris. Test trains have confirmed that the tracks are free of obstructions.
Passenger and cargo transportation has resumed and is expected to run smoothly in most regions. Passengers are advised to confirm the latest train travel updates on the websites of train operators before embarking on their journey.
In Scotland, we anticipate that services will not resume until approximately midday due to multiple closures caused by fallen trees and flooding.
Several engineers have been deployed with chainsaws and cherry pickers to remove and fix the issue. After this is completed, test trains will be sent out before regular passenger services can resume.
Last night was quite eventful, but we were able to ensure the safety of passengers and railway employees. We are committed to restoring the railway operations as soon as possible.
Northern Ireland announced that the current weather conditions were causing great strain on the 999 emergency system. They encouraged individuals to report non-emergencies through online means or by dialing 101.
Chief Superintendent Davy Beck stated that numerous roads throughout Northern Ireland were still inaccessible on Monday morning.
According to his statement:
From 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 21st until 2:00 AM on Monday, January 22nd, officers received and handled more than 1,300 calls from the public, with approximately 600 of them being related to the storm.
Throughout Monday, there is still a potential for significant debris on the roads due to sustained high wind speeds.
The recovery and aftermath of Storm Isha is still being handled by multiple agencies, and we appreciate the public’s ongoing patience and understanding.
The departure of a Stena Line ferry from Belfast to Birkenhead, scheduled to arrive at 6:30pm on Sunday, was postponed until at least 7:30am on Monday.
A red warning for northern Scotland has been lifted at 5am, while Scotland will remain under the warning until 6am. On Sunday, the Torro reported that a tornado could potentially occur in England and Wales.
Forecasters have cautioned that damage to homes and buildings, fallen trees, power outages, airborne debris, high waves, and potential flooding may occur until Monday morning.
Agencies across Cumbria have declared themselves on standby for a major incident, with Sellafield nuclear site closing as a precaution on Sunday.
Join us for the most up-to-date information.