TRAIN services to and from the North East were badly affected by the gales battering the region today.
Thousands of passengers in the north of England and Scotland were affected by reduced or cancelled services and the imposition of speed restrictions.
Train companies were operating amended timetables, with the changes likely to last until the afternoon.
Among many services affected was Leeds-Doncaster ,where operations were disrupted by debris on overhead wires near Leeds.
No ScotRail services were able to run before 7am and many other routes were not operating at all. Some services in Scotland were not expected to start until 4pm.
On First TransPennine Express, no trains were able to run between Newcastle and York apart from the 6.11am, while only the 5.36am and 7.42am ran between Carlisle and Edinburgh/Scotland.
Virgin Trains planned to run a normal timetable today with the exception of trains between Preston and Edinburgh/Glasgow Central, which could be delayed by up to two hours or cancelled.
On CrossCountry services, no trains were able to run between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central/Aberdeen, while journey times between Edinburgh and York were being extended by up to two hours.
Trains that normally start/terminate at Newcastle were starting/terminating at York.
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