Hundreds of people were unable to travel by train from London to Glasgow on the first day of today’s COP26 climate summit after a tree fell and severe weather caused chaos on the railways.
The travel The outage earlier today was caused by damaged overhead electrical wires between rugby and Milton Keynes on the West Coast Main Line.
Travelers have expressed their frustration with the delay on social media, with many hinting at Severe weather on the first day of COP26 Being a reminder of the effects of climate change.
Meanwhile, the Met Office said the delays were caused by heavy rain and winds of more than 80 miles per hour across the country.
Krish Kandia, global ambassador for the charity World Vision, sent a warning about the UK’s public transport infrastructure as he struggled to make it to the climate conference in Glasgow.
He said: “Our public transportation infrastructure is unreliable; if we are going to green our economy, public transportation needs to work for people to give up their cars and planes.
« Here we are approaching a very important climate conference and British public transport doesn’t seem ready for the task. »
Elsewhere, LBC’s Westminster correspondent Ben Kentish added some people who had booked flights in order to get to COP26 and said it was « embarrassing ».
Kentish wrote on Twitter: « Many people with tickets on trains to Glasgow for COP26 are having to book flights instead due to the chaos in the UK rail network.
« Very embarrassing start conference. »
Network Rail quickly issued a statement advising people to travel to Glasgow on Monday instead.
A spokesman for the company said: « Passengers seeking to get from London to Glasgow are advised to travel tomorrow. » “This is due to the impact of heavy rain and strong winds on the railways today.
“All northern lines have been affected at times including the West Coast Main Line, which remains impassable due to damaged overhead electrical wires.
“We are really sorry for this. We are there to get people and goods quickly from A to B. But the harsh weather today was better than us.
“Overnight our engineers will repair the damaged overhead wires near the rugby game with the aim of moving passengers tomorrow.”
South Western Railway also apologized to customers after trees closed part of the network, causing cancellations, delays and modifications to services.
It advised passengers to « travel only when necessary ».
London Justin also advised people to travel on Monday mornings instead.
Meteorologist Tom Morgan said the Bureau of Meteorology had indicated the possibility of some « local tornadoes » in some areas.
He said: « We have a deep Atlantic region of low pressure that brings with it a torrential rain and gale-force winds across the country, but particularly in the south of England.
« We have seen very strong winds on the southern coast … and few reports of wind damage.
“It is not excluded that there will be some clouds or local or short tornadoes.
« In the past couple of days we’ve seen some reports and seen some pictures of funnel clouds and hurricane-like water taps. »
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