Chaos on St Albans and Harpenden rails and roads after storm

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Chaos on St Albans rails and roads after storm Chaos on St Albans rails and roads after storm

Gale force winds are causing havoc on the rails and roads across St Albans and Harpenden this morning as multiple trees are blown over.

The Abbey Flyer looks set to be suspended all day due to overhead wire damage. Commuters who have abandoned their journey have been told they can return their unused tickets to the issuer for a full refund.

Network Rail has warned First Capital Connect services will remain closed until 12 noon at the earliest. A fallen tree has been pictured on the line just north of St Albans.

Firefighters were called to the West Coast Main Line near Park Street, St Albans, after a tree came down on the power lines at 7am.

Fallen trees are also blocking: St Anne’s Road, London Colney, a barn in Kingsbourne Green, Harpenden Avenue Road, St Albans, High Firs Crescent, Harpenden Harlech Road, St Albans, Telford Bridge in London Colney. A tree has also fallen onto an electricity substation in Tennyson Road.

Roads blocked by fallen trees across the district

The A414 near London Colney is currently close east bound due to a fallen tree.

 

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12:29pm Tue 29 Oct 13

trav1 says...

FCC will argue, justifiably, that they can't be held accountable for the kind of weather we had yesterday. What is galling, though, is setting off for a train at 9am on the grounds their website (or what was left of it after it crashed - that was helpful) said the trains were likely to start around that time, only to get there to be told they wouldn't be starting in the forseeable future. I tried twice more, until about 11am, before being told there would be no trains all day. It later transpires that the damage was such that it would have been clear to a small child who'd seen it that there wasn't going to be any trains by 9am, and probably none all day. Why not just relay that to the staff at the station (who were doing a decent job of handling people) and to passengers directly through the site?
FCC will argue, justifiably, that they can't be held accountable for the kind of weather we had yesterday. What is galling, though, is setting off for a train at 9am on the grounds their website (or what was left of it after it crashed - that was helpful) said the trains were likely to start around that time, only to get there to be told they wouldn't be starting in the forseeable future. I tried twice more, until about 11am, before being told there would be no trains all day. It later transpires that the damage was such that it would have been clear to a small child who'd seen it that there wasn't going to be any trains by 9am, and probably none all day. Why not just relay that to the staff at the station (who were doing a decent job of handling people) and to passengers directly through the site? trav1

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