Disruption for travellers in weather chaos

A satellite image taken at 11am today issued by the Metoffice showing the United Kingdom as a red weather warning has been issued

A satellite image taken at 11am today issued by the Metoffice showing the United Kingdom as a red weather warning has been issued

Trains and flights have been cancelled as severe weather hits the region.

Fylde coast commuters travelling north on the West Coast Main Line from Preston Station are being warned to expect significant delays as strong winds are expected to batter the region.

The route to Penrith will be closed between 7pm and 9pm.

The Met Office has issued a red warning of wind for Blackpool Promenade, beginning at 4pm and staying in place until 9pm this evening.

This has forced Blackpool Airport to cancel two flights.

Citywing’s flight V9116, which was due to land at the airport from the Isle of Man at 4.40pm was cancelled along with the V9117 flight to Belfast.

Large waves are expected to breach the coastline and the Met Office is advising people to alter their travel arrangements to avoid the area during this period.

Winds of 80mph are expected and gusts could reach up to 100mph in the most exposed locations in west and north west Wales, potentially hitting power supplies, bringing down trees and causing widespread damage.

The latest bad weather warnings come as a government minister warned there was no “blank cheque” to pay for repairing the damage of weeks of storm and floods that have affected parts of the country.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee in 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, promised on Tuesday that “money is no object” in offering relief to those affected by the floods.

But Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin indicated that there would be “careful consideration” before money is spent on the larger rebuilding exercise of restoring damaged infrastructure after water levels recede.

“I don’t think it’s a blank cheque,” Mr McLoughlin told ITV1’s Daybreak. “I think what the Prime Minister was making very clear is that we are going to use every resource of the Government and money is not the issue while we are in this relief job, in the first instance, of trying to bring relief to those communities that are affected.

“Then we have got to do the repairs of the structures and the railway infrastructure that’s been damaged and then the other long-term issues, which will need some careful consideration.”

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