Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Several Brittany Ferries services from Portsmouth and Plymouth were cancelled ahead of the intense low-pressure system. As these western Channel links are long sailings, it is expected that there will be cancellations all through the week.
The Met Office said that gusts were highest recorded at 78mph (125km/h) on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of flights and ferry crossings have been cancelled because of the high winds, with British Airways cutting 10 flights to and from Heathrow to reduce the number of aircraft movements at the airport.
Irish Ferries sailings between Holyhead and Dublin, and between Fishguard and Rosslare, have been cancelled for the rest of the day. There were speed restrictions by Network Rail, specially near to coasts. Southeastern Trains in the eastern half of Kent are affected, as are South Western Railway services in Hampshire and Dorset — where empty trains have already been running to checking for line obstructions.
Twenty British Airways flights were cancelled to and from Heathrow because of the need to slow the arrivals rate at the UK’s busiest airport. These included round trips to Aberdeen, Dublin, Geneva, Madrid, Milan and Nice.