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Chaos continues as floods cause weekend travel disruption

By adampostans  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

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Flooding is continuing to cause widespread disruption in the West, with roads and railway routes severely affected this weekend.

As of midday on Saturday there were nine Environment Agency flood warnings and 16 less-serious flood alerts still in force in the region.

Police say the A361 New Road/Main Road is shut between the Riverside junction in Burrowbridge and Northmoor Lane, Lyng, in Somerset.

Flooding has also closed the B3135 The Cliffs in Cheddar in both directions between the Lippiatt junction and the B3371.

National Rail Enquiries' latest information is that the line between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St Davids is closed throughout the weekend because of planned engineering work which is now taking place alongside emergency repairs because of flooding.

Trains between Yeovil Junction and London Waterloo should run as normal.

CrossCountry and First Great Western operators are accepting each other's tickets between Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids.

First Great Western passengers with tickets dated for Friday can use them today.

Work repairing a landslip affecting services through Bristol is expected to continue until Tuesday, which is delaying trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway by up to 30 minutes and between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Parkway by an hour today and tomorrow.

Some CrossCountry services will not run between Birmingham New Street and Bristol Temple Meads. Buses are running from Bristol Parkway to Yate, Cam & Dursley, and Gloucester.  

First Great Western sleeper services for Sunday have been cancelled. No alternative transport has been arranged.

The nine remaining Environment Agency flood warnings in the West include: the River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport;

Salt Moor and North Moor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate;

South Winterbourne Valley, including Winterbourne Abbas, Winterbourne Steepleton, Martinstown or Winterbourne St Martin, Winterbourne Monkton, Winterbourne Herringston and Winterbourne Came;

Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke, including areas in Dorchester, West Stafford, Bockhampton, Lewell, Tincleton, Pallington, Waddock, Moreton, Wool and East Stoke;

River Parrett (lower) at Langport Westover Trading Estate;

A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge, including the Somerset Levels Basket and Craft Centre area;

West Moor, Hay Moor and Curry Moor, including New Road between North Curry and the A361, and Cutts Road at East Lyng;

And the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham, including areas in East Stoke, Holmebridge, Stoborough, Stoborough Green, Wareham, Redcliffe, Ridge and Swineham.

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