London’s Underground could grind to a halt as extreme weather from Storm Eunice disrupts nearly every line.
A TFL spokesperson admitted they “couldn’t say” if the whole network would close due to the number of issues.
“I couldn’t say. We wouldn’t want to pre-empt anything,” a spokesperson told the Mirror.
A red weather warning is now in place across various parts of the country, with wind speeds of up to 80mph causing havoc for pilots trying to land at London City and Heathrow airports.
With the storm expected to bring winds of up to 100mph to southern Britain, train operators, ferry firms and airlines are warning people not to attempt to travel today.
All rail services in Wales are suspended for the whole of Friday, with likely disruption into the weekend, rail companies have confirmed in a joint press release.
GWR services from London Paddington will terminate at Bristol Parkway rather than continuing to Newport, Cardiff and Swansea.
Inter-city train firms on the East and West Coast main line, including LNER, Grand Central and Avanti West Coast, all say passengers booked to travel on Friday can switch to other days without penalty.
Rail passengers who do try to make journeys face much slower trips, with emergency speed restrictions in place and sharply reduced services.
Meanwhile, on the Irish Sea, some ferries have already been cancelled ahead of the expected wild weather.
Heathrow Express cancels all trains for rest of the day
Heathrow Express has cancelled all remaining services throughout Friday due to the weather conditions.
“Services are currently suspended due to severe weather. Please seek alternative travel methods to and from Heathrow Airport,” read tweets from the airport express train.
“We apologise for the inconvenience.”
Lucy Thackray18 February 2022 15:00
Tube lines disrupted and Euston station closed amid Storm Eunice chaos
Storm Eunice is causing chaos across London’s transport network, with Tube lines disrupted and Euston station completely closed.
Transport for London (TfL) “can’t say” if the London Underground could be suspended amid high winds.
There are minor delays, severe delays or outright suspensions across all lines except the Waterloo and City and the DLR at present. The Bakerloo Line is part suspended (no service between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone), as is London Overground, the Metropolitan Line and TFL Rail.
Meanwhile, Euston Station’s official Twitter account tweeted: “No trains are leaving London Euston currently. Our teams are working on many impacts caused by Storm Eunice.”
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Helen Coffey18 February 2022 14:44
Your rights if your flight is cancelled
Which? Travel editor Rory Boland has provided some valuable consumer advice for travellers whose flights are being delayed or cancelled amid Storm Eunice winds.
“A significant number of flights are likely to be cancelled as a result of Storm Eunice. These extraordinary circumstances mean you are not entitled to compensation, but your airline is required to pay for food and drink if you need to wait in the airport terminal for your rescheduled flight, and accommodation and transport to it if you are stuck overnight,” says Boland.
“You should contact your airline initially, which should provide vouchers for use at the airport. If it refuses to help, you can purchase what you are entitled to yourself and claim the money back from the airline afterwards. Pay by credit card if you can, and stick to sensibly priced meals and three star hotels – you won’t be able to claim for a lobster dinner or five star suite.”
Lucy Thackray18 February 2022 14:30
Over 100,000 people tune in to watch planes trying to land amid 100mph winds
A man streaming live from Heathrow has shot to internet fame for his raucous commentary of planes as they attempt to land amid 100mph winds as Storm Eunice tears its way through the UK.
The storm has brought with it the strongest winds experienced in Britain for over 30 years, prompting the Met Office to issue two “red” weather warnings – posing possible danger to life – in south Wales and southwest England, and in London and the southeast.
Jerry Dyer, who is streaming live from the major international airport in London, saw viewing numbers soar on his channel BigJetTV today – with over 176,000 people currently watching – as planes struggled to make their landings.
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Emily Atkinson18 February 2022 13:54
Port of Dover closed until further notice – with many other ferries cancelled
The UK’s busiest port, Dover, has closed until further notice because of high winds.
In a tweet, travellers were told: “All services between Dover and Calais are suspended until further notice. We expect this to be the case for most of the day and we will provide further information when possible.
“We strongly advise our customers NOT to travel to the Port of Dover today.”
On Friday morning, a gust of 122mph was recorded at the Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight. Unsurprisingly, all ferries across the Solent from Hampshire to the island – and the hovercraft link from between are all cancelled today.
Wightlink says: “Due to Storm Eunice, all services are now suspended across all three Wightlink routes. All booked customers are asked not to arrive at port until notified.”
Some ferries across the Irish Sea are continuing. Irish Ferries is sailing between Dublin and Holyhead. But Pembroke Rosslare is cancelled – as is Fishguard Rosslare on Stena Line.
In Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne has cancelled dozens of sailings.
Simon Calder18 February 2022 13:33
Twitter celebrates as Qatar Airways A380 lands on third attempt
One Qatar Airways A380 has become a hero of Storm Eunice after making three attempts to land at London Heathrow.
Twitter celebrated as flight QR3 from Doha to London landed just over an hour late into Heathrow airport on its third attempt to do so, having made two go-arounds.
Impressed travel fans watched the landing on Big Jet Live’s YouTube channel, posting gifs from football goals to rock’n’roll musicians in celebration.
“I wonder if the pilot of that Qatar Airways A380 knows how many of us were invested in that successful landing today!” tweeted Christian Jenkins.
“Unconfirmed reports that a collective sigh of relief, as the Qatar Airways A380 finally landed at Heathrow, contributed to the gust,” tweeted @E_Sure91.
Lucy Thackray18 February 2022 13:25
Great Western Railway network closed completely
National Rail has warned: “The whole Great Western Railway network has now been closed and customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL.”
The hundreds of passengers on the concourse at the GWR London terminus have been told no trains will run for at least four hours.
They have been urged to “go home”. The problem appears to be overhead line damage west of the station.
Passengers have been told: “ Your ticket for today is valid until the end of Monday, or if it goes unused you can claim a full refund.”
Simon Calder18 February 2022 13:24
London City Airport cancels all flights
All flights in and out of London City Airport are cancelled until at least 16:30 today.
London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and other airports are all facing delays due to the strong winds and extreme weather. Many pilots have had to make a “go around” while trying to land during Storm Eunice.
At present, the live departures board has the 16:40 BA flight to Edinburgh as the first scheduled to run; while the 17:00 to Frankfurt has been cancelled, along with the 17:05 to Dusseldorf and the 17:15 Lufthansa service to Frankfurt.
Passengers for all London airports are advised to check their flight is still running before leaving home.
Lucy Thackray18 February 2022 13:03
With severe winds in the London area, numerous flights have diverted.
At Gatwick, easyJet’s main base, multiple incoming flights have touched down elsewhere.
The early morning easyJet flight from Bordeaux to London Gatwick made two attempts at landing before returning to its starting point after a three-hour, 1,000-mile diversion.
Since then, an inbound flight from Geneva on the budget airline is currently at Paris CDG, while an easyJet flight from Munich to Gatwick landed at Manchester.
Passengers from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico on a Tui Boeing 787 Dreamliner also landed at Manchester after the plane was unable to land at Gatwick.
A jet from Helsinki to Gatwick belonging to Norwegian diverted to Copenhagen after also rejecting landings due to high winds.
Passengers on the overnight British Airways from Chicago are in Switzerland. Their Boeing 787 made two unsuccessful attempts to land at London Heathrow. It then flew to Geneva, but for reasons that are unclear it continued to Zurich instead.
BA planes from Bucharest and Venice diverted to Newcastle, while a flight from Edinburgh to Heathrow returned to Edinburgh. British Airways passengers from Istanbul ended up at Stansted in Essex rather than Heathrow.
Many other airlines have been affected. A Lufthansa flight from Munich returned there after being unable to land in London.
From Lisbon, TAP Portugal’s flight to Heathrow diverted to Paris Orly. Royal Jordanian from Amman to Heathrow went no further than Athens, while Middle East Airlines from Beirut touched down at Frankfurt.
Simon Calder18 February 2022 12:57
Planes visibly shaken by 100mph winds as they struggle to land at Heathrow airport
Video filmed at Heathrow airport shows planes visibly shaken by high-speed winds as they attempt to land.
In one clip shared on social media, a British Airways aircraft approaches the runway but is forced to perform a “go-around” – increasing altitude in order to make a second landing attempt – after being battered by winds that see it sway dramatically from side to side.
“New pants please!” reads the video caption on Twitter, accompanying footage taken by Big Jet TV’s live stream from the airport.
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Helen Coffey18 February 2022 12:51
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