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    13th Sep 2017

    Storm Aileen disrupts UK travel

    As high winds from Strom Aileen continue to affect parts of Great Britain, those travelling in the country are urged to use caution and warned they may be faced with delays caused by the adverse weather.

    Highways England has urged drivers to take extra care on their journeys to work, warning that people should delay travelling if the weather becomes too severe. Some roads may be closed if high winds mean that caravans, lorries and motorbikes are at risk of being blown over.

    A spokesman said: “Road users in all regions are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel. Leave extra time if travel conditions are poor and delay the journey if the weather is too severe.”

    Rail travel could also be affected by the storm with Network Rail advising that some railway lines in the south of England and Midlands may face disruption due to “fallen trees and large branches” on the tracks.

    In addition, British Airways have announced that the high winds across parts of the UK and northern Europe will affect some of their short-haul and domestic flights on Wednesday 13 September.

    For safety reasons National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has to allow greater space between landing aircraft in high winds and this has resulted in a reduced number of aircraft being allowed to land each hour at Heathrow.

    British Airways has apologised that the poor weather will lead to some delays and disruption to their planned schedules, assuring customers that they are doing all they can to minimise the effect on operations, using larger aircraft where possible to help affected customers on any cancelled services get to their destinations on alternative flights.

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