High winds cause travel chaos for commuters across Cambridgeshire

COMMUTERS across Cambridgeshire faced travel chaos this morning as high winds battered the county.

Police issued a safety warning to motorists after gusts of up to 60mph felled more than 20 trees overnight.

And rail users have been forced to use bus replacements after trains between Downham Market and Ely were cancelled due to overhead cable problems.

Windows on the 7.19am First Capital Connect service from London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn were smashed and the train came to stop just outside Littleport following the incident.

Journeys between Lynn and Ely may be extended by up to 90 minutes as engineers battle with the windy conditions to repair the fault.

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A Network Rail spokesman said: “At the moment the cause of this incident is not clear but it appears to have had something to do with the overhead equipment.

“What I can say is that there has been damage to a train at Littleport and a couple of windows have been smashed.

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“We have engineers at the scene and are investigating but our priority at the moment is getting people off the train and getting things back up and running again as soon as possible.

“We would like to apologise to passengers for the delays they are experiencing.”

A First Capital Connect spokesman said: “We were made aware of a problem when the 7.19am train from King’s Cross came to a stop outside Littleport.

“Buses were on the scene within 20 minutes and we currently have 16 coaches running between Downham Market and Ely. Trains are running between King’s Cross and Ely and Downham Market and King’s Lynn.”

Trains are currently leaving Downham Market at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour and trains are departing Kings Lynn at 29 and 59 minutes past the hour.

Even though wind speeds appear to be slowing slightly, police urged motorists to remain alert as they look to clear the county’s roads as quickly as possible.

A police spokesperson said: “We are working with the Highways Agency and local authorities to ensure trees and debris are removed from roads as quickly as possible.

“We would urge motorists to remain alert to the conditions of the roads and report any problems to police.”

A breakdown of incidents across the county was released this morning:

? Just after midnight two fallen trees were reported on the A505 close to Fowlmere. The road was cleared within 20 minutes.

? 12.10am: Tree in the road at Huntingdon Road, Brampton, cleared by 12.34am.

? 2.05am: Tree blocking B645 between St Neots and Kimbolton. Cleared by 4.39am. ? 2.47am: Tree partially blocking Camel Road, Littleport. Cleared by 2.52am

? 3.20am: Tree blocking lane one of the A1 southbound carriageway at Buckden. Cleared by 3.25am.

? 3.41am: Tree blocking the road Stetchworth and Wood Ditton. Cleared by 5am.

? 6.11am: Tree in the road at Granhams Road, Shelford. Incident is ongoing.

? 6.23am: Three trees down between Fowlmere and Newton. Incident ongoing, Highways are dealing.

? 6.22am: Tree fallen on Pidley Road, Somersham. Removed with the assistance of a member of the public by 6.44am.

? 6.34am: Two trees in Wilcot Road, Ufford. Removed with the assistance of a member of the public by 7.53am.

? 6.36am: Tree in Windsor Road, Cambridge. The road is currently closed.

? 7.02am: Tree in Langley Bush Road, Helpston. Cleared by 7.40am with the help of a member of the public.

? 7.04am: Tree blocking Huntingdon Road, Girton. Incident ongoing.

? 7.08am: Tree in Upware Road, Upware. Incident ongoing.

? 7.09am: Tree blocking the road between Hampton and Yaxley. Highways are at the scene.

? 7.18am: Tree blocking Ramsey Road, Ramsey Forty Foot. Highways on their way. ? 7.49am: Tree blocking Little Paxton Lane, St Neots. Cleared by 8.10am.

? 7.50am: Tree blocking A505 Duxford. Incident ongoing and road closure in place.

? 7.53am: Tree blocking Hannath Road, Tydd Gote. Incident ongoing.

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