LONDON: Rail passengers will face disruption over the Christmas period, with 200 sets of engineering works affecting up to 10% of the railways. Network Rail, which maintains the UK’s railways, said carrying out works over the festive season would have the least effect on the travelling public. London, Manchester and Cardiff are among the cities hit, and the Heathrow Express will be suspended for six days. Meanwhile, the M1 from junction 12 to 13 has reopened after an earlier crash. A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire police said two people suffered life-threatening injuries in a three-car crash on the motorway between Flitwick/Woburn junction and the Bedford turn-off. Several people were also taken to hospital, while others were treated for less serious injuries, she added. Both the northbound and southbound carriage were closed, but have since reopened.
Elsewhere, there have been delays on the M55 in Lancashire after a police car collided with a vehicle it was following, near junction one of the eastbound carriageway. One carriageway has been completely closed, and one man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. There are also delays through the Eurotunnel, following an incident in one of the tunnels. Eurotunnel said both tunnels were now clear, but there was a waiting time of about two-and-a-half hours for some passengers. The AA motoring group said Friday – which had been expected to be the busiest days of the season as travellers drove home for Christmas – had been “fairly steady”.