Rail passengers face cancellations and severe delays as flooding blocks lines
Rail travellers faced severe disruption today as the flooding aftermath of the torrential downpours left train lines blocked.
Passengers were warned not to travel unless necessary as those heading for Bath and travelling between Bristol and Swindon were warned to expect delays of up to two hours.
This afternoon First Great Western services were being divered around Chippenham and Swindon after flooding on the line near Box.
Just one train an hour was arriving at Bath Spa Station from London Paddington.
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The line was later re-opened but passengers on a train heading to Bath suffered further frustration when a signal failure added to their delay.
A bus service was in operation for passengers stranded at stations hit by the flooding.
A spokeswoman for First Great Western said "every single train" was delayed on high-speed routes.
But the spokeswoman said trains were now running between London and Bristol but trains and crews were out of place between of the disruption.
Passengers travelling on to Bristol faced severe disruption and cancellations in the aftermath of the heavy rain.
Lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare were blocked and passengers were warned trains could be cancelled or delayed by up to two hours.
There was more disruption cause by the flooding to the north of Bristol. Passengers heading for Gloucester from Bristol Parkway found the route blocked with services cancelled or liable to severe delays.
Sleeper services to and from London Padding were also cancelled as the disruption spread.
First said trains were running at reduced speed because of flooding on the line between Plymouth and Westbury.