Storm Arwen: Travel chaos as hundreds of passengers face cancelled flights and trains

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Travellers were hit with long delays on Saturday as Storm Arwen brought heavy rain and 100mph gusts across swathes of the UK.

Train services were cancelled and hundreds of passengers were faced with delays at Stansted airport.

Data from tracker Flight Radar 24 showed multiple flights set to depart from the airport in Essex were delayed by at least an hour throughout Saturday afternoon.

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But it was Aberdeen International Airport which endured the worst of the weather as the storm battered the northeast coast of Scotland – prompting the cancellation of dozens of flights on Friday and Saturday.

Flights to London Heathrow and Birmingham airport were among those cancelled or severely delayed.

Meanwhile, all Avanti West Coast services north of Carlisle were cancelled on Saturday afternoon, with customers “strongly advised” not to attempt to travel on the route. Other services were subject to delays of 120 minutes.

ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown on to the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.

Passengers travelling on an Aberdeen-bound train on Friday had to wait 17 hours at Huntly railway station in Aberdeenshire due to the extreme weather.

TransPennine Express customers were urged not to travel, with services between Newcastle and Edinburgh cancelled.

South Western Railway services were disrupted on Saturday due to “multiple trees and obstructions blocking the railway”, while London North East Railway warned customers not to travel north of York due to “significant damage”.

The storm has claimed the lives of three people so far since it reached British shores on Thursday evening.

Dad-of-four and headmaster Francis Lagan died after his car was struck by a falling tree on Dublin Road in Antrim on Friday.

A 35-year-old driver was also killed when the tree fell on his car on the B977 in Aberdeenshire around 5pm on Friday.

A third man – who has not been named – was crushed by a falling tree in Ambleside, Cumbria, on Friday night.

The Met Office had issued a red wind warning for parts of north-east England which expired early on Saturday, but the forecaster said amber and yellow warnings for wind remained in place across large swathes of the country.

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