Edinburgh Weather: Train passengers stranded

Gales have continued to lash the UK. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Gales have continued to lash the UK. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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Train services between Edinburgh and London have been hit by disruption as gales and bad weather lash the UK, as Midlothian Council has sent gritters out warning of snow.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on the North Yorkshire moors for hours last night when a train travelling from London King’s Cross to the Capital lost power in high winds between Darlington and North Allerton. It was eventually hauled to Edinburgh by another locomotive, arriving shortly before 1am.

Train company East Coast today warned of continuing delays of up to 30 minutes between Kings Cross and Newcastle due to overhead line problems.

A man in his 70s died in Wiltshire while trying to clear a fallen tree.

The Met Office issued “red warnings”, the first of the winter, as 16 severe flood warnings remain in place.

More than 115,000 homes in England and Wales were without power today.

Nearly 1000 people have been evacuated from homes in Surrey after the Welsh Fusiliers were drafted in to help with the rescue operation.

The floods which have wreaked havoc over the past few days were an “almost unparalleled” natural crisis, said army chief Major General Patrick Sanders. Residents in many areas have been warned not to go out.