Storms pose a risk of causing travel disruptions on New Year’s Eve in England and Wales.

Severe weather conditions in southern England, the West Country, and south Wales are likely to cause more disruption.

Strong winds and heavy showers in southern England and Wales are expected to create further travel chaos on New Year’s Eve, adding to the already severe disruption on parts of the rail network.

Eurostar services were restored early on Sunday morning following extensive flooding in a Thames tunnel, which caused significant delays and cancellations, leaving over 30,000 passengers with a backlog.

Due to ongoing speed restrictions and uncertainty regarding a second tunnel, the operator has warned that further disruptions are possible.

Staff shortages and adverse weather conditions are also expected to lead to delays and cancellations on certain domestic routes on Sunday.

A yellow wind warning has been issued for severe gales and heavy showers along the south coast of England, the West Country, and southern Wales, which will worsen travel problems.

The Met Office warning states, “Gales or severe gales accompanied by heavy showers may result in disruptions to transportation and infrastructure.”

It also mentioned that “delays to road, rail, air, and ferry travel are likely” from 10am to midnight, and added, “Some bus and train services may be affected, resulting in longer travel times.”

The Met Office further cautioned that “certain coastal routes, seafronts, and coastal communities may experience spray and/or large waves,” and power outages could occur due to the strong winds.

⚠️ Yellow weather warning issued ⚠️

Strong winds across southern parts of England and Wales

Sunday 1000 – 2359

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Eurostar has advised passengers to anticipate further delays on Sunday. In a statement, they mentioned, “Our stations will be extremely crowded due to today’s disruption. Network Rail High Speed has successfully managed to control the flooding in the Thames tunnels, allowing at least one tunnel to be used and enabling a full service.”

“There will be some speed restrictions in the morning, which might cause delays, and stations are expected to be very crowded.”

“Unfortunately, this unprecedented incident has caused significant disruptions for our customers today. We understand how frustrating this has been for passengers, and we apologize for the inconvenience during this crucial time of the year.”

The company has not disclosed the initial cause of the leak. The issue began on Friday night when the tunnels near Ebbsfleet International in Kent were filled with water, resulting in the cancellation of all high-speed services.

A water company suggested that a burst pipe supplying the tunnel’s fire safety system likely caused the problem. Thames Water stated that they believe the flood was caused by a “fire control system and not a Thames Water pipe.”

The flooding also disrupted Southeastern Railway trains, which will operate a reduced service between Ashford and St Pancras International.

Thameslink services throughout London and across southeast England were also significantly disrupted due to a “shortage of train crew” that will persist into Sunday, according to the operator.

Thameslink advised passengers to consider alternative travel options on the Brighton to London and Bedford to London lines, as their services would be severely reduced or canceled.

❗ Today, on New Year’s Eve, 31 December, Thameslink services will be severely reduced with cancellations on some routes (please see the image below).

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