HeadLine: STORM OF THE CENTURY: NO-GO ON ALL ROUTES
The Mirror, 31/10/2000, p5
by Jane Kerr, Paul Byrne, Bill Daniels, Jeremy Armstrong, Geoff
Lakeman, Alex Williams, Aidan McGurran,
Lucy Rock, Shaun Milne, Alistair Clay and Suzy Jagger
THE storms brought transport chaos as travellers by rail, road, sea and
air faced huge disruption.
More than half the train network was badly affected. Railtrack said it
was worse than the 1987 hurricane, where the South bore the brunt.
Fallen trees, flooding and toppled power lines combined to cause havoc.
About 1,000 trees were cleared from Southern Region lines.
Engineers in the West Midlands fought to clear routes, the Heathrow
Express from Paddington was halted and overground Tube lines hit.
Obstacles blown on to tracks included a warehouse roof, a Portakabin
and a garden shed.
Large areas of London’s M25 were shut, long delays came on parts of the
M1 and 10 major routes were closed in Yorkshire and the North East.
Six thousand people on six ferries from Calais were stranded off Kent
as Dover port shut down. About 1,700 spent almost 20 hours on one
A third of BA’s short-haul trips from Heathrow and Gatwick were off.
* THE storms and torrential rain made this the wettest October since
1987, forecasters said yesterday.
More than 50mm (1.97ins) of rain fell in some parts of the South this
week, increasing the total across England and Wales this month to 147mm
Highest wind speed yesterday was the 98mph recorded in the Mumbles,
* THE London Eye was closed yesterday after the storm smashed glass in
six of its 32 capsules.
The damaged cars were at the top of the 450ft wheel at the time of the
most severe winds yesterday morning.
Trips were suspended and the structure “locked off” .
Last night a spokes-man said: “We hope to re-open tomorrow. We have a
policy that if winds go over 20mph we don’t open.”
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