Sunday 18 August 2019

Christmas travel chaos: Storm Barbara causes cancellation of multiple ferry crossings

Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries

Cian Murray

Christmas travel plans have been thrown into disarray by the oncoming Storm Barbara, as six of Friday's Irish Ferries' crossings have been cancelled.

The following crossings from Dublin to Holyhead have been cancelled - 8:45am, 10:45am and 2:30pm. Meanwhile, the 11:50, 4:45pm and 5:15pm from Holyhead to Dublin have also been cancelled.

A short statement on Irish Ferries' website reads: "Irish Ferries regrets to advise that due to adverse weather conditions on the Irish Sea, the 08:45hrs Swift Fast Craft sailing is cancelled.

"Passengers can be accommodated on either the 08:05hrs Ulysses Cruise Ferry. Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure. There is no need to call at this time. However should neither of these options be suitable, please contact one of our offices.

"Irish Ferries apologises for any inconvenience caused by this disruption."

Currently Stena Line has not cancelled any of its crossings, however it does have the following statement on its webpage: "Winter Storm Barbara is set to bring wet and windy conditions to the UK. Unfortunately this may cause disruption to some of our scheduled sailings this Friday and Saturday. "

Meanwhile flights from three London airports have been hit by delays after fog shrouded the UK caiptal.

Festive travel plans faced being thrown into chaos after Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport all experienced a raft of hold-ups due to the weather.

A spokesman for Heathrow said some early-morning flights had been been pushed back and knock-on delays could take place throughout the day, adding that there have yet to be any cancellations.

British Airways said on its official Twitter feed that it was aware of fog affecting flights at all three London airports and advised passengers to check their flight status online.

The airline said in a statement on its website: "Fog across parts of southern England is affecting some flights to and from London's airports today.

"For safety reasons, Air Traffic Control has to allow greater space between landing aircraft in fog or during periods of low visibility, and this will mean a reduced number of aircraft being allowed to land each hour.

"We are sorry for the difficulties caused by the poor weather and will do all we can to minimise the effect it has on our operations."

It comes as Britain braced itself for the arrival of Storm Barbara, which is set to batter the country with strong winds.

Scotland is predicted to be the worst hit by the weather, with gusts of up to 90mph forecast in places.

Pockets of Northern Ireland, North Wales and the North of England are also due to feel the force of Barbara, which is due to roll in to the UK by Friday.

Have you been affected by the cancellations get in touch: contact@independent.ie

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