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Autumn storms cause travel chaos

The late-autumn storms have caused travel misery, with many roads flooded and train services disrupted.

The West Country was among the worst-hit areas, with the Exeter region of Devon suffering from road closures and rail disruption.

To add to travellers' difficulties a power supply problem at Hildenborough near Tonbridge in Kent led to severe delays to rush-hour commuters travelling with the Southeastern train company.

Scotland and Wales also bore the brunt of the storms, with high winds causing speed restrictions on the Forth Road Bridge and road and rail services affected.

In Devon, buses replaced trains between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple, and buses also replaced trains between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction, with this section of line likely to be closed until Monday.

In Gloucestershire and Wiltshire trains between Bristol Parkway and Swindon were being delayed by up to 60 minutes due to the flooding.

Flooding also caused disruption to train services in the Tiverton Parkway, Weston-super-Mare and Westbury areas, and First Great Western's sleeper services had to be cancelled.

Flooding caused delays to rail services between Lancaster and Carlisle and between Carlisle and Kilmarnock in Scotland.

Buses replaced trains between Dumfries and Kilmarnock and also between Holyhead and Bangor in North Wales.

Numerous roads around Britain had to close due to flooding, with highways also affected by fallen trees, fallen power cables and landslips.

One lane southbound on the M5 near Stroud in Gloucestershire had to be closed because of the water levels, while other towns where roads were flooded included Evesham and Redditch in Worcestershire, Swindon in Wiltshire and Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.

In Exeter, a fallen tree blocked the A377, while the A595 at Kirkby-in-Furness in Cumbria was hit by flooding.

Among roads in Scotland that were flooded was the A781 in Dumfries.

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