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Manchetts begin ‘Operation Melon’ to rescue lorry on flooded …

Dubbed ‘Operation Melon’ after its cargo, the first attempt to retrieve the lorry abandoned on the Welney Wash Road got under way on Monday. Recovery experts from Cambridgeshire specialists Manchetts were called in by the lorry’s owners, Armour Transport, to attempt to bring it to safety.

However, with water levels on the road still high the first attempt was unsuccessful.

Pictures Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Today the situation looks as grim although Facebook group Welney Flood Watch reports this morning that “river levels at Welney have now steadied and have been pretty much level overnight.

Cambridgeshire man, 82, spared jail after admitting killing his wife Trending Cambridgeshire man, 82, spared jail after admitting killing his wife[1] Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

“Currently 3.79m just 4cm up on this time yesterday.

“Depth of flood water on the Wash road is obviously still deep at 1.44m/56.5 inches.”

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts prides itself on its “expansive fleet of vehicles which provide everything from roadside breakdowns to major multi-vehicle incidents” but are realistic to the risks and water levels associated with such a delicate operation.

Shoplifter makes off with coats as police officers were INSIDE Peterborough store chatting to staff Trending Shoplifter makes off with coats as police officers were INSIDE Peterborough store chatting to staff[2] Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

For drivers using local roads closure of the Welney Wash road continues as another road was closed in the area from yesterday to carry out repair works.

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Anglian Water have closed Sixteen Foot closed between Padgetts Road and Manea/Wimblington Road for two months.

The situation was summed up by a post on the Christchurch community group which described roads in the area “as complete chaos” pointing out the difficulties not only in getting through to Huntingdon from the village but also to Cambridge because of road works and closures.

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

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Meanwhile Skylark Garden Centre at Wimblington has published a map showing routes for its customers from Christchurch, Upwell and Outwell to follow to ensure they can get to the popular venue safely and without interruption.

‘Frightening experience’ for support staff threatened by knife Trending ‘Frightening experience’ for support staff threatened by knife[3] Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

A colleague of the driver from Essex based Armour Transport stuck on the flooded Welney Wash road on the A1101 has sprung to his defence.

Gary says his colleague driver “swerved” to avoid a car coming towards him.

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

Manchetts staff weighing up the options to rescue lorry and container from flooded A1101 at Welney on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Terry Harris

“He was driving like a *** and the lorry driver went near the edge of the road,” he posted to social media.

Gary says the edge of the road loomed and his colleague’s lorry “gave way and went into the ditch.

“Now the tide has come in, he is worried it is going to go over as his loaded box and trailer is sinking”.

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He added: “It is not the lorry driver’s fault.”

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Photos of the lorry prompted yet more warnings to drivers – of all types of vehicle – to avoid Welney and find a different route to cross from Cambridgeshire in Norfolk.

BMW driver arrested after motorcyclist dies in Cambridgeshire crash Trending BMW driver arrested after motorcyclist dies in Cambridgeshire crash[4] Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Welney Flood Watch says dozens of visitors were attracted to the village at the weekend to see the floods.

“It was nice to see so many visitors and villagers enjoying the spectacle yesterday afternoon, we just need a burger van now!!,” said the Facebook page administrator.

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

But on a serious note, added: “For those that use the road, find another route this week.”

References

  1. ^ Cambridgeshire man, 82, spared jail after admitting killing his wife (www.cambsnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Shoplifter makes off with coats as police officers were INSIDE Peterborough store chatting to staff (www.cambsnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ ‘Frightening experience’ for support staff threatened by knife (www.cambsnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ BMW driver arrested after motorcyclist dies in Cambridgeshire crash (www.cambsnews.co.uk)

Rail enthusiasts from as far away as Basildon joined locals at momento unveiling

Rail enthusiasts from as far away as Basildon joined locals at the unveiling of the 5th Wisbech to Upwell Tram Memento.

Despite the extremely cold December weather, rail enthusiasts from near and far joined local historian, Bill Smith, for the unveiling of the 5th Wisbech to Upwell Tram Memento – the last to be installed along the Norfolk section of the former tramway.

The building and planning of the memento structure had been led by March work experience student Harvey Davies of SDM Fabrication and he, together with his managing director, Richard Melton, had the honour of carrying out the unveiling at 11am on Saturday (30).

Harvey Davies (left) and Richard Melton of SDM Fabrication - 5th Tram Memento unveiling. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Harvey Davies (left) and Richard Melton of SDM Fabrication - 5th Tram Memento unveiling. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Harvey Davies (left) and Richard Melton of SDM Fabrication - 5th Tram Memento unveiling. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

“When Bill first asked us to help with his ideas for delivering the Phase 2 Memento in Upwell , back in 2019, we were inspired by the opportunity to contribute to the recognition of the Tramway which, in our opinion, represented a piece of engineering which truly linked communities in the local area. “ said Richard.

“Involvement of our youngest team members in the 5th Memento has allowed them to develop a deeper understanding of ways in which engineering can truly benefit communities, it is often easy to lose sight of the purpose of the work we undertake and the Wisbech to Upwell Tram represents a great opportunity to understand the local impact of engineering and, through their work in developing and constructing the mementos, allows them to contribute their own engineering expertise in a tangible way which we hope will stand proud for many years to come.

“We are very grateful to Bill and his team for their efforts and the opportunity provided for our involvement and we are exceptionally proud of our apprentices’ work in delivering theses mementos.”

From left: Bill Smith and, James Self, Three Counties Miniature Railways. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

From left: Bill Smith and, James Self, Three Counties Miniature Railways. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

From left: Bill Smith and, James Self, Three Counties Miniature Railways. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Also at the event was Brian Pearce, MBE of Railworld, Peterborough, “I first encountered the Tramway when riding my bicycle from Grimsby to London,” said Brian “ A wheel caught in the tracks at the point where the tram crossed over the A1101 at Elm - just outside of the former Blacksmith’s Arms pub – and I fell off – much to the amusement of those who were there for a drink” continued Brian.

“Since then I have continued to follow the history of the tramway alongside my voluntary work at the Railworld Wildlife Haven, which resulted in my being awarded an MBE 2018.”

James Self, Managing Director of Three Counties Miniature railways, whose father grew up near Wisbech just along from the Elm High Road, 5th Memento site, travelled specially from Basildon, Essex to bring along their latest project under construction to help mark the event – a replica GER Class G15 (LNER Y6) 0-4-0 unit - which were built by Great Eastern Railway (GER) and ran regularly on the original Wisbech to Upwell steam tramway.

Harvey Davies working on the memento design at SDM.

Harvey Davies working on the memento design at SDM.

Harvey Davies working on the memento design at SDM.

“The holiday season and the awful weather may have prevented some people coming along today,” said Bill “but, once again, I am delighted to see not only local people but rail enthusiasts who have made a real effort to support this project.”

Phase 6, the final memento, will be located adjacent to the Old Elm High Road close to where the tram crossed the road to enter the Wisbech East Station and Goods Yard. Each memento is bespoke and illustrates the area in which it is located.

The project is a testament to the many people who have supported this internationally famous feature in the heart of Fenland. Images of the old steam tram evoke numerous memories for locals and visitors and have been an inspiration for many. We can be assured our heritage is being preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Brian Pearce MBE, Railworld Peterborough, at 5th Tram Memento unveiling. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Brian Pearce MBE, Railworld Peterborough, at 5th Tram Memento unveiling. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Brian Pearce MBE, Railworld Peterborough, at 5th Tram Memento unveiling. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton. SDM workers building 5th Tram Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

SDM workers building 5th Tram Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

SDM workers building 5th Tram Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton. Sam Diggle Services from Three Holes and Bill Smith installing the 5th Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Sam Diggle Services from Three Holes and Bill Smith installing the 5th Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Sam Diggle Services from Three Holes and Bill Smith installing the 5th Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton. Natan Maternia and Jakub Strychala (right) working on building the Memento frame at SDM.

Natan Maternia and Jakub Strychala (right) working on building the Memento frame at SDM.

Natan Maternia and Jakub Strychala (right) working on building the Memento frame at SDM. Map showing the memento sites including the site of 5th Memento at B&Q – Courtesy Ordnance Survey/Bill Smith.

Map showing the memento sites including the site of 5th Memento at B&Q – Courtesy Ordnance Survey/Bill Smith.

Map showing the memento sites including the site of 5th Memento at B&Q – Courtesy Ordnance Survey/Bill Smith. The 5th Tram Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

The 5th Tram Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

The 5th Tram Memento. Photo: Bill Smith/Sue Lowe/Grahame Seaton.

Fund raising for the final feature is ongoing and donations will be very much appreciated and if you would like to contribute they can be made via the Well Creek Trust and marked for the tram project, details can be found at www.wellcreektrust.org.uk - along with footage of previous phases.

Christmas travel chaos: Getaways ruined with trains cancelled and …

The Christmas getaway has been thrown into chaos after Storm Pia[1] brought the transport network to a standstill on Thursday.

All trains going north from London Euston were cancelled for three hours and those from King’s Cross were delayed.

Eurostar and Channel Tunnel services were also cancelled after a sudden strike by French workers, and passengers waiting for ferries at Dover faced 90-minute delays.

British Airways was forced to make changes to its flight schedule[2] after air traffic control restrictions in response to the storm, which brought winds of up to 115mph.

The disruption raised fears that Friday, which is already set to be the busiest day on the roads[3], will be miserable after passengers unable to travel on Thursday were forced to delay their journeys or drive instead.

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The problem is set to be compounded by the planned closure of King’s Cross and Paddington on Christmas Eve for engineering works, further limiting the time passengers have to leave the capital.

Network Rail initially blamed the weather for the disruption at Euston, saying high winds had damaged overhead power lines, but it later emerged that the line was brought to a standstill by an electrical fault on a train.

Train companies, whose disputes with the unions have already brought the country to a standstill this year[4], were urged to put on extra services to ensure everyone can get home.

Passengers were left stranded at St Pancras International Station Passengers were left stranded at St Pancras International Station Credit: Dinendra Haria/LNP

MPs said it was ridiculous to blame the weather for the chaos.

Greg Smith, Tory MP and member of the Commons transport select committee, said: “Train operating companies cannot get away every Christmas with blaming the weather for the appalling service. Bad weather at this time of year is not unusual.

“Millions of people need to get around the country to spend time with relatives at Christmas, and they need to get home. But the operators wheel out the excuse of the weather when anyone in the country could have predicted what was going to happen.

“They need to urgently lay on buses – preferably coaches – or find other ways so that people who have paid these extortionate prices for their tickets can get home.”

Eurostar train at St Pancras International Station A last-minute strike by Eurotunnel workers caused the cancellation of Eurostar trains Credit: SARAH MEYSSONNIER/REUTERS

Both Avanti and LNER, the two main operators serving the North, said they would accept Thursday tickets for Friday’s trains.

However, the railways are already set to be busy, with a survey by passenger group Transport Focus finding that one in four people planning to travel by rail over the Christmas period would be travelling on Friday.

The RAC estimated 13.5 million leisure journeys by car[5] would take place across the UK between Friday and Sunday, up 20 per cent on the three days before Christmas Day last year.

Anyone attempting to drive as an alternative to the railways faces the peak of road congestion on Friday as drivers embarking on leisure trips compete for road space with commuters and business traffic.

Motorists are being advised to travel before 11am or after 6pm if possible to reduce the chance of being stuck in long queues[6].

Engineering works ‘plain stupid’

London Paddington will be closed between December 24 and 27, meaning no mainline trains will serve Heathrow Airport during that period. King’s Cross will also be closed on Christmas Eve.

Mr Smith urged Network Rail to cancel these works[7].

“This is what is happening on the roads – roadworks have been reduced to the bare minimum over Christmas,” he said.

“Network Rail should have done the same. Millions of people are moving around the country and it is just plain stupid to have engineering works at such a critical time of year.”

Wera Hobhouse, the Liberal Democrat transport spokesman, said: “At this time of year people are relying on public transport so they can spend Christmas with loved ones. But constant chaos on the railways is adding hours onto people’s journeys and the trains that are running are overcrowded.

“Rail companies must do more to make sure that people can get home for the holidays, whether that’s more carriages on the trains that are running or suitable replacement options to make sure people aren’t stranded.”

People sit on the floor at St Pancras station Travellers face a weekend of travel chaos as engineering works are to take place on railways

Gusts of 115mph were recorded at Cairngorm Summit on Thursday and winds of 81mph were recorded at Brizlee Wood, near Alnwick, Northumberland.

TransPennine Express urged passengers to avoid travelling to or from Edinburgh all day on Thursday, and to only make journeys to and from Carlisle and Manchester, Liverpool and Preston after 3pm.

Fault on single train

On Thursday afternoon, Network Rail originally said there were no trains from Euston because of damaged overhead power cables.

But later they said the real problem was a fault on a single train. Services began again, but delays were expected to continue for hours.

A spokesman said: “The incident took place in the Bourne End area at around 12.15pm and is believed to have been caused by a fault on a train.

“All lines were closed while investigations took place into the incident, including drone surveys of the lines, but trains were on the move soon after 3pm.”

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The problems affected Avanti West Coast services between London Euston and Scotland. At least 144 trains departing from Euston and Kings Cross were cancelled on Thursday, affecting up to 85,000 people trying to leave the capital alone.

The last-minute strike[8] by Eurotunnel workers caused the cancellation of Eurostar trains to the continent and also LeShuttle, the rail service which carries cars across the Channel.

It was reported that trade unions had rejected an offer of a bonus worth 1,000 euros (£867) per employee, demanding a payment worth three times as much.

At least 30 Eurostar trains were cancelled and the closure of the tunnel led to extra congestion on the cross-channel ferries. The Port of Dover warned of 90-minute delays for passengers clearing French border control.

At 6.30pm on Thursday it was announced that the Channel Tunnel had reopened.

National Highways said it had removed more than 1,000 miles of roadworks on England’s motorways and major A-roads, meaning 98 per cent of its network would be free of cones over the festive period.

7:52PM [9]

That’s all for today

Please check back to the homepage for more travel information. 

Today’s headlines: 

  • The Met Office issued a yellow warning for “strong winds across a large swathe of the country” would bring “delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport”.
  • The UK’s wind turbines generated an all-time record amount of electricity.
  • British Airways grounded two dozen UK and European flights.
  • All Eurostar services were cancelled after a last minute strike by Eurotunnel staff.
  • Speed restrictions were implemented on trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh, while trains were suspended between London and Manchester.
  • Schools were closed in Shetland and Christmas markets shut in Liverpool and Nottinghamshire.
  • Motorists were urged to avoid lunchtime journeys on ‘Frantic Friday’, which has been tipped to be busiest day on roads.
7:36PM [10]

The railways over Christmas

Network Rail is preparing to launch its festive engineering works, which will cause disruption to journeys.

London Paddington will be closed between Sunday and 27 December for HS2 engineering work, while King’s Cross will also be closed on Christmas Eve and Southeastern services will not run from Victoria between 23 December and 2 January.

Outside of the capital, an engineering project near Southampton will cause some disruption to services, as will work to build the new Cambridge South station.

No trains, Tube or bus services will operate on Christmas Day, while a very limited service will run on Boxing Day.

7:23PM [11]

Eurotunnel strike over

Eurotunnel has confirmed the 11th hour strike has ended after an agreement was reached with unions, giving hope to stranded passengers. 

French transport minister, Clément Beaune, announced the news on social media by saying “traffic can resume”.

Earlier, Eurostar said no European rail services would be running to or from London St Pancras for the rest of the evening. 

However, Eurotunnel have now said in a statement: “This agreement means that LeShuttle services will resume progressively this evening and Eurostar tomorrow morning.

“Eurotunnel welcomes this agreement and reiterates its apologies to all LeShuttle customers as well as Eurostar passengers and rail freight operators whose traffic has been impacted by this strike.”

7:06PM [12]

Travel chaos mapped:

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Port of Dover issues delay warning due to Eurotunnel closure

Passengers passing through French border control at Dover are currently experiencing delays of 90 minutes, because the port is processing “additional volumes of freight and tourists”.

The cross-Channel ferry to France, which was expected to be busy with Christmas travel, is anticipating additional traffic due to Eurostar cancellations. 

Those planning on travelling from Dover this evening are advised not to turn up without a valid ticket or a transfer voucher issued by Eurotunnel.

Port of Dover said: “The increase in traffic may mean that passengers need to allow some additional time for their journey.”

6:10PM [14]

Eurostar cancels all remaining services this evening

Eurostar services in both directions between London’s St Pancras International and Paris’s Gare du Nord have been cancelled this evening due to a last minute strike in France.

Earlier, Eurostar cancelled all services before 7pm, but this has since been extended to cover the rest of this evening.

“Due to unexpected strike action by Eurotunnel staff, we’re sorry to let you know that your train has been cancelled,” a message reads on the Eurostar website.

All customers will be able to exchange their tickets free of charge or receive a refund.

5:49PM [15]

Pictured: Alternative transport

 A foil boarder makes the most of the windy conditions in Newhaven, England A foil boarder makes the most of the windy conditions in Newhaven, England Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe 5:27PM [16]

Euston disruption stemmed from train fault

Severe delays and cancellations encountered by passengers travelling to and from London Euston are believed to have been caused by a train fault.

Network Rail said an incident took place in the Bourne End area at around 12.15pm, after which all lines were closed until 3pm while investigations took place using drone surveys.

Responding to a customer query on social media over whether the 5.33pm service from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly would be running, National Rail said: “This service is currently expected to run but may be delayed or even cancelled.”

4:54PM [17]

Parts of M20 closed due to Eurotunnel disruption

The M20 coastbound carriageway between junctions 8 and 9 has also been temporarily closed due to suspended Eurotunnel services, Kent Police said.

The “emergency measure” will allow freights bound for the continent to queue on the empty section of motorway to try to minimise disruption to Kent’s wider road network.

4:46PM [18]

Pictured: King's Cross crowds

The Christmas getaway has been plunged into chaos amid Storm Pia The Christmas getaway has been plunged into chaos amid Storm Pia Credit: Joanne Edwards / Story Picture Agency 4:31PM [19]

Motorists urged to avoid lunchtime journeys as ‘Frantic Friday’ tipped to be busiest day on roads

Motorists should travel before 11am or after 6pm to reduce the chance of congestion, the RAC has advised. 

Brits will embark on an estimated 13.5 million leisure journeys by car between Friday and Sunday, with ‘Frantic Friday’ set to be the busiest over Christmas.

RAC spokeswoman, Alice Simpson, said: “Strong winds will make many Christmas getaway trips more challenging this week, especially those made in the north of the UK.

“Drivers will need to be on high alert for fallen branches, and even trees.”

National Highways has removed more than 1,000 miles of roadworks on England’s motorways and major A-roads, meaning 98 per cent of its network should be free of cones over the festive period.

4:10PM [20]

Wind turbines generate highest ever amount of electricity

The UK’s wind turbines generated an all-time record amount of electricity on Thursday morning, the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) revealed.

Between 8am and 8.30am wind farms across Britain generated 21.8 gigawatts of electricity, which supplied 56 per cent of all the power used from the grid.

This beats the previous record of 21.6 GW set in January this year and comes close to the highest ever proportion of electricity generated by wind power, which was 69 per cent in November this year.

Dan McGrail, the chief executive of RenewableUK, said: “Setting a new wind energy record is a great achievement to celebrate during this festive period.”

3:53PM [21]

Drones used to inspect damaged power cables

Engineers at London Euston used drones to assess the damage to overhead lines between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction. 

Avanti West Coast services between London Euston and Scotland have been affected by the disruption, but the operator has said that lines have now reopened. 

Customers with tickets valid for travel on 21 December are also able to travel tomorrow, Avanti has confirmed.

3:14PM [22]

Check before you travel, public told

Passengers are being urged to check before they travel from London Euston this afternoon as a problem with overhead wires north of Watford means major changes to train times, Jack Simpson writes.

Network Rail said its engineers are on site and working to fix the issue with one of the wires that supplies power to trains on the West Coast Main Line at Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. 

They are working to get at least two of the four tracks through the area opened shortly, to allow an emergency timetable to run. 

Currently, all lines are blocked between London and the north-west including Manchester.

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “I’m sorry to passengers impacted by the overhead lines coming down near Euston station and the major disruption to journeys this is causing. Our team of engineers are onsite and assessing the damage, but it is too early to know what has caused it. Our focus is on fixing the issue as soon as possible.”

A previous issue today, caused by a tree falling on the railway near Newark on the East Coast Main Line, has been fixed and trains are running from King’s Cross, with delays.

3:03PM [23]

Dozens of Eurostar trains cancelled

At least 24 Eurostar trains have been cancelled.

Eurostar said in a statement: “Due to unexpected strike action by Eurotunnel staff, services are currently not able to proceed through the Channel Tunnel until mid-afternoon at earliest.”

Four trains are returning to their starting point.

Eurostar cancelled all services before 7pm.

Passengers booked on the three trains due to operate after that time were warned that “we cannot exclude additional last-minute cancellations, which may include your train”.

2:54PM [24]

In pictures: London St Pancras chaos after Eurostar suspended

Long queues at St Pancras station in London due to cancellation of Eurostar's Channel Tunnel services Long queues at St Pancras station in London due to cancellation of Eurostar's Channel Tunnel services Credit: Simon Jones/BBC Overcrowding at London St Pancras International station Overcrowding at London St Pancras International station Credit: Dinendra Haria/LNP Channel Tunnel workers have gone on strike unexpectedly Channel Tunnel workers have gone on strike unexpectedly Credit: Dinendra Haria/LNP 2:48PM [25]

All Eurostar services between UK and France suspended

Christmas holiday plans have been thrown into chaos for hundreds of people after staff at Eurotunnel unexpectedly went on strike during the peak holiday getaway period.

Channel Tunnel traffic has been suspended between the UK and France, train operator Eurostar said, following the unscheduled industrial action.

The company told travellers planning to use its services today to try to postpone their travel plans if possible.

Eurostar tweeted: “We’re very sorry to hear that you’re caught up in the disruption today, it’s due to unexpected strike action by Eurotunnel staff. 

“We would recommend postponing your journey if you can, even if it’s until tomorrow.” 

On its travel updates page, Eurostar said train traffic to and from London was currently suspended.

Getlink, the French company formerly known as Eurotunnel which operates the Channel Tunnel, has not yet responded to requests for comment.

2:32PM [26]

Watch: Chaos at London Euston

Passengers have been locked out of London Euston station as all trains are blocked on the West Coast Mainline.

Hundreds of people are now congregating outside the station, unable to board trains to the Midlands, Manchester, the north-west of England and beyond. 

If they try to head a few hundred metres down the road to King’s Cross, they will find the same situation of huge crowds and few trains (see below post)

London Euston now. Passengers locked out because overhead lines have come down on the tracks.Coincidentally this suits those who would restrict movement deter people from travelling as per #NetZero goals pic.twitter.com/0MjzXZpZRl[27][28]

— Francis O'Neill (@FrancisxONeill) December 21, 2023[29] 2:24PM [30]

Watch: Chaos at King's Cross

The departure boards at London King’s Cross are showing almost all trains delayed, with services between London and Scotland particularly affected. 

The crowds are building on the concourse...

The state of Kings Cross station - as Storm Pia causes train cancellations and delays. pic.twitter.com/qyUvw6TXD1[31]

— Brad (@bradleyconnorj) December 21, 2023[32]

A camp old time at Kings Cross where staff are using loudhailers to tell us when to board rather than the station speaker system because of delays. We can’t hear properly. First train was cancelled, the next one was delayed by an hour, and has now vanished off the board. pic.twitter.com/mGxA4RXdtx[33]

— David Chipakupaku 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇿🇲 (@David_Chippa) December 21, 2023[34] 2:19PM [35]

Gales officially top 80mph

Gusts of 81mph have been recorded at Brizlee Wood, near Alnwick, Northumberland, and at Baltasound on Shetland. 

Winds of more than 70mph have been recorded elsewhere in the North East of England.

People on social media reported their sleep had been disturbed by Storm Pia, not officially named by the Met Office, but given named status by the Danish authorities where it was expected to have an even greater impact than in the UK.

Meanwhile, the roof has been blown off a section of a block of flats in Haslam Crescent, Sheffield, the city council said on X.

The Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place until 9pm on Thursday.

2:02PM [36]

All trains between London and Manchester blocked

Manchester Piccadilly said: “Apologies to passengers arriving to travel to London Euston today.

“Due to damage to overhead wires all lines are blocked. Engineers are on site assessing the damage. We are sorry for any disruption caused.”

Network Rail said the disruption was expected to last until at least 5.30pm. 

Departure boards are showing all trains between the two cities cancelled or indefinitely delayed. 

Overhead cables have come down in Hemel Hempstead, a key part of the West Coast Mainline.

1:11PM [37]

Latest Storm Pia pictures

A flat block in Sheffield has suffered roof damage amid high winds A flat block in Sheffield has suffered roof damage amid high winds All traffic was stopped on a stretch of the M60 this morning after a lorry overturned All traffic was stopped on a stretch of the M60 this morning after a lorry overturned Credit: MEN Media 11:23AM [38]

Watch: Rocky landings at Manchester Airport

Many planes have been performing “go arounds” to abort landings at Manchester Airport this morning amid very strong winds on the final approach to the runway. 

Other pilots have braved it, leaving the plane rocking from side to side.

All good fun at Manchester Airport right now pic.twitter.com/1E97y65hFm[39]

— Roy B (@RoyTheBoyF1) December 21, 2023[40] 10:49AM [41]

British Airways grounds dozens of flights

British Airways has grounded two dozen UK and European flights because of the stormy weather. 

The airline said in a statement: “As a result of Air Traffic Control restrictions put in place because of Storm Pia, we have had to make some adjustments to our schedule today.

“We have apologised to our customers for any disruption to their travel plans and our teams are working hard to get them on their way as quickly as possible.”

A Jet2 aircraft heading to Malaga is blown sideways as it takes of this morning in the strong winds at Leeds Bradford airport A Jet2 aircraft heading to Malaga is blown sideways as it takes of this morning in the strong winds at Leeds Bradford airport Credit: Andrew McCaren/LNP 10:43AM [42]

Trees toppled

A large tree blown down during Storm Pia winds on Spital Road in the Wirral A large tree blown down during Storm Pia winds on Spital Road in the Wirral Credit: Iain Watts The strong winds have brought down many trees across the country The strong winds have brought down many trees across the country Credit: Iain Watts 10:39AM [43]

Christmas market shuts because of wind

Liverpool Christmas Market has shut for most of the day because of Storm Pia. 

It said in a statement: “Due to a yellow weather warning for strong winds, the Liverpool Christmas Market will be closed on Thursday 21 December. 

“The situation will be reassessed at 4pm for a possible 5pm opening on Thursday 21 December. Please check on our website before travelling.”

Mansfield Market in Nottinghamshire has also closed its doors for the day.-

10:28AM [44]

School closures in Shetland

Schools in Shetland will be closed on Thursday and more electricity network engineers are being brought in to deal with any power cuts.

Meanwhile, 1,400 pupils have been affected by school closures in northern Sutherland and Caithness in the Highlands.

Ferry services across the west coast of Scotland are expected to be disrupted, CalMac said.

10:28AM [45]

Delays and cancellations on rail network

With ticket acceptance on routes such as LNER spilling into Friday and many trains already being sold out, the Christmas getaway could be at risk of major disruption.

Speed restrictions are in force across much of Britain’s rail network which will bring delays.

Elsewhere on the trains, Network Rail said many services will only run once safety inspections have taken place, leading to some cancellations.

10:03AM [46]

Latest pictures: Storm Pia wreaks havoc

Branches from a tree, brought down by strong winds, covers a parked car in a street in Huddersfield in northern England Branches from a tree, brought down by strong winds, covers a parked car in a street in Huddersfield in northern England Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images Waves crash against the Headland Promenade in Hartlepool this morning Waves crash against the Headland Promenade in Hartlepool this morning Credit: Jordan Crosby An Audi is submerged on Britain's lowest road, the A1101 in Welney Norfolk An Audi is submerged on Britain's lowest road, the A1101 in Welney Norfolk 9:56AM [47]

Millions travelling on the roads - just as storm hits

Some 2.2 million drivers taking to Britain’s roads on Thursday according to the RAC.

The Christmas getaway will then get into full swing on Friday and Saturday, when the strong winds are due to continue across large parts of the UK which could create a knock-on impact of disruption.

The AA has already warned that the festive travel rush is due to hit earlier than normal this year, on Friday and Saturday, when it expects 16.1 million and 16.4 million car journeys respectively.

9:53AM [48]

Lumo 'severe weather' alert to bring cancellations

Here’s a new “severe weather” update from Lumo, which runs express trains between London and Scotland:

Due to forecast severe weather, speed restrictions will be implemented between Edinburgh and Newcastle to allow trains to travel through the affected area safely.

Additionally, speed restrictions are in place between York and Doncaster and trains will have to run at a reduced speed in the Newark North Gate area due to an object being caught in the overhead electric wires.

Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 minutes or revised.

We anticipate disruption will continue until 15:00.

9:50AM [49]

Rail chaos between London and Scotland

Following the last post, here’s a list of disruption facing those travelling between London and Scotland on Thursday.

LNER trains “may be cancelled, delayed or subject to alterations” until midday on Friday, with some London to Edinburgh services starting or terminating at Newcastle or facing delays of up to 30 minutes, trains between York/Leeds and Doncaster face 20 minute delays. 

Meanwhile, LNER’s Inverness trains have been scrapped and services to and from Bradford Forster Square may be cancelled or delayed by an hour due to a fallen tree.

The operator said “restrictions for tickets dated Thursday 21 December have been lifted and tickets are valid on LNER services on throughout Thursday 21 December and Friday 22 December”. 

However, many of the trains on Friday will already be extremely busy.

9:48AM [50]

Full list of rail alerts

On the railways, the following alerts have been issued: 

  • TPE said there will be speed restrictions in place from the early hours for trains running to and from Edinburgh and that it will not run services between the city and north-west England until Thursday afternoon.
  • Avanti West Coast routes between Glasgow Central and Lockerbie, as well as Edinburgh and Lockerbie “may be delayed by up to 60 minutes” as a result of speed restrictions.
  • CrossCountry services “may be cancelled or delayed until the end of the day”, with trains between Edinburgh and Newcastle at risk of starting or terminating at Newcastle.
  • Northern services “may be delayed by up to 45 minutes” across the board, with particular disruption at Shipley and between Leeds and York due to a fallen tree.
  • ScotRail has cancelled seven routes, including some out of Inverness and Glasgow Queen Street.
  • East Midlands Railway services between Nottingham and Crewe are at risk of delays because of damage to the overhead electric wires between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield/Crewe.
  • LNER and Lumo are also warning of severe disruption on the East Coast Mainline between London and Scotland -- see the next post for more details.
9:36AM [51]

Met Office warning as Storm Pia batters Britain

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for “strong winds across a large swathe of the country” would bring “delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport”.

The weather front has been named as Storm Pia by the Danish Meteorological Institute, which is forecasting “hurricane force” winds for the country. It has moved across to Britain from the Norwegian Sea.

The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said “there’s a chance this low pressure will continue to exert its influence into Friday”, when it is expected to remain windy with heavy rain sweeping in from the west as millions of people travel.

The agency said it remains “generally rather unsettled for the weekend before Christmas, with further Atlantic frontal systems bringing rain and strong winds to parts of the UK” and the heaviest rain in the west and northwest.

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Harley Davidson rider killed in crash with lorry on Cambridgeshire …

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A motorcyclist has died following a collision on the A1101 near Wisbech on Friday morning (17 November).Police[2] were called at about 10.40am to the collision at Tydd Gote, which involved a blue Harley Davidson motorcycle and an HGV.The motorcyclist, a man in his 50s, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn in a critical condition, where he later died.No arrests have been made, but an investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, including those who have dashcam footage, to come forward to help the investigation.Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has relevant dashcam footage, should call 101 and ask to speak to a member of the Serious Collision Unit quoting incident 154 of 17 November. Alternatively visit www.cambs.police.uk/report.

References

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  2. ^ Police (www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk)

Motorcyclist in ‘serious’ condition after crash on rural …

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital in a 'serious' condition following a crash in Cambridgeshire[1] on Friday (November 17). Emergency services were called to a crash on the A1101 Sutton Road at about 10.40am.

The crash involved a lorry and a motorbike. The road was closed this morning but reopened at around 3.30pm.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 10.48am to a road traffic collision involving a lorry and a motorbike on the A1101 near Tydd. Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and the Magpas Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

"The motorcyclist, an adult man, was transported by road to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a serious condition for treatment." The road was closed between Swallow Lane and Hannath Road.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said: "We were called at about 10.40am today (17 November) with reports of a collision between a HGV and a motorcycle on the A1101. Emergency services attended."

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References

  1. ^ Cambridgeshire (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
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Recap after crash between HGV and motorbike sees Cambs A-road …

A rural Cambridgeshire road was closed following a crash on Friday (November 17). The A1101 Sutton Road was closed in both directions following a collision between an HGV and a motorcycle.

The closure was first reported by traffic data company Inrix shortly after 11am. The road cleared at around 3.30pm. Inrix said: "A1101 Sutton Road Northbound re-opened, traffic returned to normal, accident cleared from Swallow Lane to Hannath Road."

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said: "We were called at about 10.40am today (17 November) with reports of a collision between a HGV and a motorcycle on the A1101. Emergency services attended. Details of injuries are unclear at this time."

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 10.48am to a road traffic collision involving a lorry and a motorbike on the A1101 near Tydd. Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and the Magpas Air Ambulance were sent to the scene. The motorcyclist, an adult man, was transported by road to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a serious condition for treatment."

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A14 closed in both directions after collision between lorry and car

Motorists face severe delays as the A14 is closed in both directions following a serious crash today.

The A14 is closed between Kentford (junction 39) and Exning (junction 37), near Newmarket, due to a serious collision between a HGV and a car.

National Highways has said the A14 is closed between Kentford (junction 39) and Exning (junction 37), due to a serious collision this morning. Picture: Highways England

National Highways has said the A14 is closed between Kentford (junction 39) and Exning (junction 37), due to a serious collision this morning. Picture: Highways England

National Highways has said the A14 is closed between Kentford (junction 39) and Exning (junction 37), due to a serious collision this morning. Picture: Highways England

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 5am this morning (Tuesday, August 29).

National Highways has warned that a section of road is expected to remain closed for a number of hours. The link road from A11 southbound to A14 westbound is also currently closed.

Traffic caught in the closure is being turned around to leave the scene.

Road users travelling westbound are advised to follow the below diversion route:

- Exit the A14 at junction 39 (Kentford) and follow the B1506 through Kentford to the signalised junction with the A1304.

- At the junction turn left and continue on the A1304 to the roundabout at the clock tower.

- At the roundabout take the fourth exit and continue on the A142 to re-join the A14 westbound at junction 37 (Exning).

Road users travelling eastbound are advised to follow the below diversion route:

- Exit the A14 at junction 38 (Waterhall) and continue on the A11 to Five Ways roundabout.

- At the roundabout, take the fourth exit and follow the A1101 through Icklingham, Flempton and Hengrave to the roundabouts at Fornham All Saints.

- At the roundabout take the B1106 to Westley and rejoin the A14 eastbound at junction 42 (Westley).

Drivers have been strongly advised to allow extra time for their journeys, take alternative routes or delay their journeys if possible.

Cambridgeshire: Check out our traffic and travel alerts

Greater Anglia Train Services

Alterations to the service due to industrial action on August 26 and September 1 and 2. There will be an impact for travellers, so make sure to check the website before you travel. Check here for details[1]

B1050 High Street, Over Road and Berrycroft - Willingham  

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles on August 21 from 7pm until 5am on August 22 for works.  

Byall Fen Drove - Chatteris 

Closed between August 22 and 24 due to works by Anglian Water. 

A1101 Sutton Road - Leverington   

Closed until August 23 in both directions. 

Branch Bank - Prickwillow (at the level crossing)

Closed from 10pm on August 23 until 5am on August 24 due to works by Network Rail.

Norwood Road - March (at the level crossing)

Closed from 11pm on August 23 until 6am on August 24 due to works by Network Rail.

Hamerton Road - Alconbury Weston

Closed on August 23 between the hours of 8:30 and 3pm due to works by UK Power Networks.

Hannath Road - Tydd St Giles  

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles between August 22-24 between 8am and 5pm daily for works.  

The Brook - Sutton     

Closed both ways to all traffic until August 31.    

Coldhams Lane - Cambridge      

The road is closed both ways to all motor vehicles between the A1134 and Nuttings Road until September 1 due to works by UK Power Networks.  

A1198 Ermine Street - Shingay cum Wendy 

The road is closed both ways until September 2, between 9am and 4pm, daily for carriageway works.       

B1101 Main Road - Elm  

The road will be closed both ways between Halfpenny Lane and Low Road to all motor vehicles until September 3 between 9:30am and 3:30pm daily due to works by Openreach.  

A1123 Houghton Road - St Ives    

Closed eastbound until September 3 due to work by Cambs Water.   

A141 Fenland Way – Chatteris      

The road is closed until September 8 between 8pm and 6am nightly for carriageway works.   

A1307 Linton Bypass – Linton      

The road is closed until February 13, 2024, for carriageway reconstruction works.   

References

  1. ^ Check here for details (www.greateranglia.co.uk)

Traffic updates and road closures for Cambridgeshire

Wansford Bridge - Peterborough  

Closed for eight weeks to all traffic, but cyclists and pedestrians will have access. Signed diversions will be in place. 

Gibraltar Lane – Swavesey  

The road is closed both ways between July 25-28 betweem the hours of 9am and 4pm daily for works.  

The Brook – Sutton  

The road is closed both ways between July 25 – August 31 for works.  

A1101 Wisbech Road – Littleport  

The road is closed today between the hours of 8am and 6am due to works by Arqiva. 

Old Mill Avenue – Warboys  

The road is closed today due to works by Anglian Water.  

B1041 New Street – St Neots  

The road is closed both ways between July 25 and August 11 due to works by Anglian Water.  

Glatton Road – Sawtry  

The road is closed both ways between July 25 and August 18 due to works by Anglian Water.  

B1382 Mile End Road - Prickwillow  

Level crossing closed today between 8am and 5pm due to works by Network Rail.  

B1102 Station Road - Fordham  

Closed both ways to all traffic until July 27 due to works by Cadent Gas.  

Redfern Road - Little Thetford    

This road is closed both ways to all motor vehicles until August 4 for works.  

Coldhams Lane - Cambridge  

The road is closed both ways to all motor vehicles until September 1 due to works by UK Power Networks.  

A1123 Houghton Road - St Ives  

The road will be closed eastbound to all motor vehicles between July 25 and September 3 due to works by Cambridge Water. 

Traffic updates and road closures in Cambridgeshire

Wansford Bridge - Peterborough  

Closed for eight weeks to all traffic, but cyclists and pedestrians will have access. Signed diversions will be in place. 

Gibraltar Lane – Swavesey  

The road is closed both ways between July 24-28 betweem the hours of 9am and 4pm daily for works.  

The Brook – Sutton  

The road will be closed both ways between July 24 – August 31 for works.  

A1101 Wisbech Road – Littleport  

The road will be closed both ways between July 24-25 between the hours of 8am and 6am due to works by Arqiva. 

Old Mill Avenue – Warboys  

The road will be closed both ways between July 24-25 due to works by Anglian Water.  

B1041 New Street – St Neots  

The road will be closed both ways between July 24 and August 11 due to works by Anglian Water.  

Glatton Road – Sawtry  

The road will be closed both ways between July 24 and August 18 due to works by Anglian Water.  

B1382 Mile End Road - Prickwillow  

Level crossing will be closed both ways until July 25 between 8am and 5pm due to works by Network Rail.  

B1102 Station Road - Fordham  

Closed both ways to all traffic until July 27 due to works by Cadent Gas.  

Redfern Road - Little Thetford    

This road is closed both ways to all motor vehicles until August 4 for works.  

Coldhams Lane - Cambridge  

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until September 1 due to works by UK Power Networks.  

A1123 Houghton Road - St Ives  

The road will be closed eastbound to all motor vehicles between July 22 and September 3 due to works by Cambridge Water. 

Cambridgeshire: Latest traffic and travel updates for July 20

West Road - Cambridge 

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until July 21 due to works by Cambridge Water. 

Black Bank Road - Little Downham 

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until July 21 due to works by Anglian Water. 

Wansford Bridge - Peterborough 

Closed for eight weeks from July 18 to all traffic, but cyclists and pedestrians will have access. Signed diversions will be in place. 

Wilbraham Road/Station Road - Great Wilbraham  

Closed both ways to all traffic until July 21, from 9.30am to 2.45pm. 

Station Road – Shepreth (at the level crossing) 

The road will be closed from 12:45am until 4:30am on July 21 due to works by Network Rail. 

Great Northern - Train Strikes 

Industrial action is due to take place until July 22. Check before you travel. 

Gibraltar Lane – Swavesey 

The road is closed both ways between July 24-28 betweem the hours of 9am and 4pm daily for works. 

The Brook – Sutton 

The road will be closed both ways between July 24 – August 31 for works. 

A1101 Wisbech Road – Littleport 

The road will be closed both ways between July 24-25 between the hours of 8am and 6am due to works by Arqiva. 

Old Mill Avenue – Warboys 

The road will be closed both ways between July 24-25 due to works by Anglian Water. 

B1041 New Street – St Neots 

The road will be closed both ways between July 24 and August 11 due to works by Anglian Water. 

Glatton Road – Sawtry 

The road will be closed both ways between July 24 and August 18 due to works by Anglian Water. 

Meldreth Road – Shepreth (at the level crossing) 

The road will be closed both ways between 1:45am and 6:30am on July 23 due to works by Network Rail. 

B1382 Mile End Road - Prickwillow 

Level crossing will be closed both ways until July 25 between 8am and 5pm due to works by Network Rail. 

B1102 Station Road - Fordham 

Closed both ways to all traffic until July 27 due to works by Cadent Gas. 

Redfern Road - Little Thetford   

This road is closed both ways to all motor vehicles until August 4 for works. 

Coldhams Lane - Cambridge 

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until September 1 due to works by UK Power Networks. 

A1123 Houghton Road - St Ives 

The road will be closed eastbound to all motor vehicles between July 22 and September 3 due to works by Cambridge Water. 

Cambridgeshire: latest traffic and travel updates (April 25)

New Barns Road - Ely The road will be closed to all motor vehicles until April 28 due to works by AnglianWater. A1101 Wisbech Road - Littleport

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 28 due to works by Anglian Water. Painters Lane - Sutton The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 28 due to works by Cadent Gas Ltd.

Pools Road - Wilburton The road will be closed both ways between April 25-27 due to works by Anglian Water. Hempfield Road - Littleport

Closed both ways to all traffic from April 25-27 due to works by Anglian Water. Mill Lane / Fitton End Road - Newton-in-the-Isle Closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 26 due to works by Anglian Water.

Puddock Road - Ramsey Forty Foot / Benwick The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 28 for works. Bannold Road - Waterbeach

The road at the level crossing will be closed both ways to all traffic between the May 1-16 between the hours of 8am and 5pm daily due to works by Network Rail. A10 Cambridge Road - Foxton The road at the level crossing will be closed both ways to all traffic from 11.59pm on April 25 to 4.40am on April 26 due to works by Network Rail.

Storey's Way - Cambridge Closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 28 for works. Gwydir Street - Cambridge

The road will be closed to all motor vehicles until May 5 for works. Bridge Street - Cambridge Overnight closures on May 9 from 9.30pm until 6am.

Church Road - Buckworth Closed both ways to all motor vehicles until May 16 due to works by Anglian Water. Upton Hill - Upton

Upton Hill remains closed both ways to all traffic due to works by Anglian Water until May 19.

Rock Road - Cambridge

Rock Road is closed between 8am and 5pm every day due to work being carried out by The Electricity Network Company Ltd until June 20.

Traffic and Travel Cambridgeshire: Check for updates

Bradley Road - Kirtling Closed both ways to all traffic between 9.30am and 3.30pm on April 19 due to works by Openreach. Pools Road - Wilburton

Road will be closed both ways between April 25-26 due to works by Anglian Water. Hempfield Road - Littleport Closed both ways to all traffic from April 25-27 due to works by Anglian Water.

A10 Cambridge Road - Foxton Road at level crossing will be closed both ways to all traffic from 11.59pm on April 25 to 4.40am on April 16 due to works by Network Rail. New Barns Road - Ely

The road will be closed to all motor vehicles between April 24-28 due to works by AnglianWater. A1101 Wisbech Road - Littleport The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles between April 24-28 due to works by AnglianWater.

Painters Lane - Sutton The road will be CLOSED both ways to all motor vehicles between April 24-28 due to works by Cadent Gas Ltd. Ross Street - Cambridge

Closed to all motor vehicles until April 20 due to works by Cambridge Water. Gwydir Street - Cambridge The road will be closed to all motor vehicles until May 5 for works.

Begdale Road - Elm The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 19 due to works by Anglian Water. Puddock Road - Ramsey Forty Foot / Benwick

The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 28 for works. Bridge Street - Cambridge Overnight closures on May 9 from 9.30pm until 6am.

Storey's Way - Cambridge Closed both ways to all motor vehicles until April 28 for works. Church Road - Buckworth

Closed both ways to all motor vehicles until May 16 due to works by Anglian Water. Upton Hill - Upton Upton Hill remains closed both ways to all traffic due to works by Anglian Water until May 19.

Rock Road - Cambridge Rock Road is closed between 8am and 5pm every day due to work being carried out by The Electricity Network Company Ltd until June 20. Garden Walk - Cambridge

The road will be closed to all motor vehicles on April 24 between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm due to works by Openreach. Mill Lane/FittonEnd Road - Newton-in-the-Isle The road will be closed both ways to all motor vehicles between April 24-26 due to works by AnglianWater.

Hinxton Road - Duxford (at the level crossing)

The road will be closed both ways to all traffic between April 22-23 from 7am to 8pm daily due to works by Network Rail.