Storm Doris: Disruptions from St Albans City Station to London

Commuters queue for taxi's after trains at St Albans city station are stopped.

Commuters queue for taxi's after trains at St Albans city station are stopped. - Credit: Archant

Train lines from St Albans to St Pancras International are severely disrupted because a tree fell on the overhead power cables this morning (February 23).

Network Rail opened some of the lines this afternoon after the tree fell at 8.15am, but have still advised for only necessary travel.

An alternative route from London to St Albans is from London Kings Cross to Hatfield, and catch a connecting bus back to St Albans.

People at the station expressed their frustration with the delays this morning.

Hannah Henry, a freelancer who had to cancel a meeting, said: “Every time I try to get a train into London there seems to be something wrong.

“I only come in once a week, and I don’t get cross with the people who work here because it isn’t their fault.

“But I try not to get jobs in London because I can’t deal with the stress of the trains.”

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Another traveller, Amin Rahman, also had to cancel a meeting and described it as a “really big problem”.

Natalie Desborough said: “As I was walking here, with the wind whipping my face, I was thinking, there’s going to be something wrong.

“I feel like there is always something wrong with the trains.”

However, Alyson Larkworthy was more optimistic - she emphasised how lucky St Albans commuters were that there are other options, such as Hatfield Station.

A Thameslink spokesman said was impact of the damage was “devastating”.

Tickets can be used on other rail services, such as Great Northern.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused to passengers by this incident and advise passengers to check with before they travel.”

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There are about 25,000 volts of electricity running through these power lines on a daily basis.

Storm Doris has caused chaos for public transport across the country this morning, with flights cancelled and gale force winds of 94mph.