Travel disruptions during the Christmas holiday are expected to persist throughout the weekend.

Weather warnings have been issued for drivers, and London’s King’s Cross and Paddington stations will be closed. Travel disruption during the Christmas getaway is expected to continue throughout the weekend, with millions of car journeys underway and major London railway stations set to close on Sunday. The AA has estimated that there will be 16.4 million car journeys on Saturday, warning of potential traffic jams. As a result of engineering works, King’s Cross and Paddington stations in London will be closed on Christmas Eve, leading to rail disruption. The closure of Paddington station will last until Wednesday, meaning mainline trains will not serve Heathrow Airport. Travelers crossing the Channel at the Port of Dover experienced waiting times of 90 minutes at border control on Saturday morning, although queues have now cleared. An unscheduled strike by French Eurotunnel workers on Thursday resulted in the cancellation of around 30 Eurostar trains, leaving tens of thousands of travelers scrambling to replan their journeys. P&O Ferries apologized for the delays, advising customers to allow additional time for their journey in light of the large queues at border control. On the rail network, disruption continues following the chaos caused by Storm Pia on Thursday. The Elizabeth line on the underground experienced severe delays on Friday afternoon between London Paddington, Reading, and Heathrow Airport stations due to two trains breaking down. Network Rail has stated that disruption is expected until the end of the day between Mansfield and Worksop, as well as between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley. This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires in the Aston area of Birmingham. The Met Office has warned of potential weather-related travel issues in parts of the UK over the weekend. On Sunday, winds of up to 70mph are expected to hit much of Scotland, as well as northern and central areas of England, followed by rain on Christmas Day. Yellow wind warnings have been issued for these regions, cautioning people to anticipate travel disruption, building damage, and power cuts. A yellow warning for rain covers much of Wales on Sunday, with forecasters warning of possible flooding and travel disruption. Showers may affect the rest of the country. Meteorologist Liam Eslick advises people to allow more time for their journeys, especially in exposed areas that could impact rail networks and ferries. Those traveling on roads should exercise caution and stay away from high-sided vehicles, while those at home going for walks should avoid coastal areas. Network Rail predicts severe weather could affect certain ScotRail routes on Saturday. Saturday morning in the north is expected to be very damp, with snow in the far northeast of Scotland. Elsewhere, it will be mainly dry with some upslope rain and drizzle in the west. RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis warns that last-minute getaway trips could be disrupted due to the latest weather warning affecting a large area of Scotland and parts of northern England.

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