Railway service between Scotland and England face disruption due to heat wave

 Thursday, July 21, 2022 


The railway services between Scotland and England faced disruption on Wednesday following record breaking temperatures on Tuesday. Network Rail has already launched of a new taskforce led by independent experts to investigate and make recommendations on how the railway can develop its approach to resilience during hot weather following this week’s unprecedented heatwave.

 The hope comes as thunderstorms and heavy showers bring an abrupt end to the heat wave on Wednesday. The Met Office has maintained a yellow weather warning covering much of southern and eastern England – with warnings of sudden flooding, lightning strikes and power cuts. Today, Brits are set for showers and cooler weather over the next couple of days before temperatures could hit the low 30Cs again over the weekend.

The Network Rail announced there would be no trains between London Euston and Scotland as teams repaired damage caused to overhead lines on Tuesday as temperatures hit 40C south of the border on Tuesday, the hottest on record in the UK. The services on both the east and west coast mainlines have been affected.

Overhead lines and tracks between Kings Cross and Peterborough are being repaired following a fire on the line on Tuesday.

On the west coast mainline, power lines were damaged between Lancaster and Carnforth; at Harrow in North London; at Birmingham New Street and near Wolverhampton.

Network Rail tweeted that colleagues in England have been working through the night to repair damage caused by the extreme heat yesterday. This has been a very challenging 24 hours. There is still a lot of work to do, but the teams are working hard to make those repairs.

Avanti West Coast, which operates trains on the west coast mainline between Glasgow Central and London Euston, said tickets that had been purchased for journeys on Tuesday and Wednesday will be valid for travel until Friday.

The operator urged members of the public to check journeys and find alternative routes. Meanwhile, Lumo confirmed they would only run services between Edinburgh Waverley and Newcastle on Wednesday.

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