TRAVEL WARNING: Flooding causes disruption on the M6, roads and railways

Highways England have re-opened the lane on the M6 Southbound motorway between Junction 32 at the M55 Broughton Interchange and J31 the A59 Samlesbury that was closed due to surface water issues and flooding also caused problems on roads and railways across the county.

Wednesday, 18th November 2015, 11:31 am
Here comes the rain again ... Photo Neil Cross

The Met Office have also issued a yellow weather warning about strong winds with gusts of up to 60mph expected to hit the North West between 2pm today and 3am tomorrow.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Southwesterly gales will become severe in exposed areas during Wednesday afternoon and evening.

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely over coasts and more exposed inland areas.

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Flooding on Sands Lane, Warton

“The winds will veer westerly in the evening before easing from the west in the early hours of Thursday.

“Heavy, blustery showers or some longer spells of rain could also lead to some surface water flooding on the roads.

“Be aware of difficult driving conditions and the risk of some minor travel disruption on roads and to ferries.”

National Rail also said that trains from Lancaster towards Barrow-in-Furness and Leeds are unable to call at Carnforth due to a flood near Melling Tunnel.

Flooding on Kirkby Road, Warton

They said a bus will run between Lancaster and Carnforth until the debris is removed.

Trains between Preston and Carlisle were also affected from around 12pm to just after 4pm due to flooding, whilst a train travelling between Preston and Manchester was sent back to Preston because of overhead wire problems at Wigan.

A spokesman for National Rail said that First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Airport and Glasgow Central and Edinburgh and Virgin Trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central and Edinburgh were impacted.

They said: “Flooding between Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith North Lakes caused delays to journeys between Preston and Carlisle.

Flooding on Main Street, Warton

“Buses replaced cancelled services between Preston and Carlisle.”

Elsewhere in the county Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been called out to rescue a woman from a car trapped in flood water.

At 11.37am one fire engine from Hest Bank was called to the incident on Hatlex Lane, Hest Bank and they managed to free her.

The fire service were also called to incidents involving flooding on Woodman Lane, in Cowan Bridge and in Leck, Shore Road, Carnforth, Borwick Lane, in Warton and in Borwick and Woodman Lane, Leck.

There were also reports of flood water going into people’s houses in Carnforth and Hornby and a number of readers have sent in pictures of flooding affecting Kirkby Road, Sands Lane and Main Street in Warton.