Hot weather and storms cause travel delays

Hot weather and storms cause travel delays

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Image copyright PA Image caption Traffic queued up on the approach to the Eurotunnel terminal in Kent Passengers are facing long delays on flights, ferries and Eurotunnel trains because of extreme weather conditions.Thunderstorms overnight brought heavy rain and travel disruption as the UK heatwave came to an end.Passengers on the Eurotunnel face delays of up to four hours after the heat caused air conditioning problems on the cross-Channel trains.There are further flight cancellations due to thunderstorms in Europe, and two-hour waits for ferries in Dover. Flights from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Luton and Stansted were delayed and some cancelled after temporary restrictions were put in place during the thundery weather on Friday.A Met Office yellow warning remains in place for Northern Ireland, where heavy rain has led to flooding. On one of the busiest weeks of the year for cross-Channel operator, air-conditioning units on Eurotunnel trains failed meaning some carriages could not be used.The company says delays are likely to continue for the rest of the day and possibly into tomorrow. Delays have been exacerbated by Friday's stormy weather which meant passengers turned up late for their trains. One train has been taken out of service due to ....


Image copyright Rebecca Kelly Image caption It took Rebecca Kelly several hours to reach the terminal building Rebecca Kelly from Lewes said she had left at 07:00 BST for Folkestone - a journey that should have been one-and-a-half hours - however by 11:00 she had still not yet reached the terminal building car park.She described the situation as "annoying" but praised the check-in staff for their helpfulness.However Dom Hughes, who was delayed by three hours, said: "I can accept delays but the total lack of communication is adding to the stress... Not a soul around to ask."BBC environment correspondent Claire Marshall was caught up in the delays as she and her family headed on their summer holidays.She described the mood among would-be travellers as "stoic" with many accepting they were going to be stuck for hours. Airport delaysNational Air Traffic Services (Nats) put temporary restrictions in place during the thundery weather on Friday, affecting flights from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Luton and Stansted.The UK air traffic control service said: "Thunderstorms are particularly disruptive as they effectively block large swathes of airspace because aircraft cannot fly through them."A Stansted Airport spokesman said long queues shown in social media posts were ....

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