Train services suspended as lines out of Manchester Piccadilly blocked by flooding

Travelers face widespread disruption in northern England due to heavy rain showers at night, with the Met Office warning storms can dump up to 40 mm of rain in two hours in some places.

Commuters were confronted with chaos on Wednesday morning when heavy rainfall flooded the railroad between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe / Stoke-on-Trent, blocking both lines.

Northern Rail said that trains between Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen were suspended after a landslide between Dent and Ribblehead.

Train services between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate are forced to travel at a lower speed with commuters instructed to expect delays and cancellations.

The floods have also led to traffic delays in England. Traffic England issued flood warnings on the A5103 in a northerly direction between the M56 and the intersection with the M60 and warned drivers of congestion caused by flooding on the M56 in an easterly direction between junctions J7 and J3A.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for Scotland and parts of central and northern England, with up to 40 mm of rain predicted in two hours in places.

The North Yorkshire fire and rescue service said it received about 115 calls for floods in Leyburn and Reeth on Tuesday. A spokesperson said, “We had various devices, as well as our rapid water rescue teams and large-volume pumping equipment in the area that attended various incidents with flooded properties and cars in flood water.”

The Met Office has warned that as rainfall continues, some homes and businesses may be submerged, there may be further delays and cancellations of train and bus services, and sudden flooding can lead to difficult driving conditions and road closures.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of central and northern England, while a similar warning for thunderstorms is present in Scotland.

The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood warnings in the United Kingdom, from North Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Midlands. The flood has affected properties and roads, blocking access to certain areas.

The Met Office said: “Rain will be stubborn and heavy in places in parts of central, northern and eastern England and northeastern Wales, first on Wednesday. During the day it can get rainier in some places but by noon with a greater chance of a thunderstorm.

“Some parts of Northern England could see 40-60 mm of rain until Wednesday, while thunderstorms could produce 30-40 mm in one to two hours.”

The uncertain weather follows hailstorms in some areas and others with a month of rain in four hours.

North Yorkshire was bombed by hailstones while a summer storm passed through the county, while Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales had 82.2 mm of rain within 24 hours, most of it in the four-hour time. The monthly average in the area for this time of year is 89 mm.

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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