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Storm Damage Causes Travel Network Disruption
The latest storm to hit Britain has caused huge disruption to the country's travel network with roads, railways and ferry services all badly affected.
Operation Stack was launched on the M20 after delays caused by the overnight closure of the Port of Dover led to a build up of freight traffic.
Kent Police said the coast-bound carriageway of the M20 would be closed from junctions 11 with non-freight traffic diverted.
In the opposite direction, the London-bound M2 was blocked between J5 and 6 and the London-bound sliproad closed at J7.
The QEII bridge was also closed across the Thames Estuary at Dartford forcing all clockwise traffic around the M25 to head through the Dartford Tunnel.
Compounding the problem was the anti-clockwise M25 being affected by two lanes of the Dartford Tunnel being closed due to high winds.
The M48 Bridge across the Severn was also closed, as was the Orwell Bridge over the A14, which was also blocked between junctions 23 and 24 by an overturned vehicle.
Numerous other major roads were also blocked or partially closed including the M40 northbound close to High Wycombe, between junctions 4 and 5 and close to Oxford between 6 and 8a.
The A30 eastbound in Cornwall was closed at the A3047 and the A40 in Gloucestershire in both directions at the A417.
In central London, High Holborn was closed as a result of the masonry which fell on to a car.
Other roads affected include the A47 in Norfolk at the A1065, the A36 in Wiltshire at the A350, and the A249 Sheppey Crossing.
The Highways Agency warned all roads users in Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon to check their route before setting out as multiple incidents of fallen trees and flooding have left numerous minor roads closed.
Highways Agency Regional Director, Andrew Page-Dove said: "We strongly urge everyone planning to travel in Dorset, Wiltshire and Devon to check their route and weather conditions before setting out."
Others going on long journeys were advised to check for disruption by using the agency's regional twitter feeds and website.
Trees were reported to have fallen on trains near Mottingham in south-east London, and near Winterslow in Wiltshire, bringing delays in those areas.
All train services west of Plymouth have been cancelled, while a landslide near Redhill hit the line south of the capital.
National Rail Enquiries said there were no services between Basingstoke and Micheldever, Caterham and Purley, Yeovil and Weymouth, Queens Park and Watford Junction, Chichester and Havant, Taunton and Bridgewater and Romsey and Salisbury.
Several South East Trains services were affected and the sleeper service between Paddington and Penzance has been cancelled for several weeks.
There are few trains running between London and Reading because of water inundation around the track between the two cities.
The port of Dover was closed overnight until around 6am and all ferries in and out are expected to suffer delays as services struggle to get back to normal.
Multiple sailings by DFDS into and out of Newhaven have also been cancelled, as have Brittany Ferries' Portsmouth to St Malo service on Saturday.
Several services between Weymouth and Guernsey, operated by Condor Ferries were cancelled, as were some sailings between Holyhead and Dublin on Irish Ferries.
London City Airport was also reporting diversions, cancellations and delays as a result of adverse weather, as was Southampton Airport.
Gatwick and Luton said a small number of flights could be affected and advised people to check with their airline before travelling.
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