How to get home today if your train’s cancelled

TRAINS on two of Yorkshire’s busiest routes have been cancelled today, with no promise of when they will be restored.

Picture taken from the Twitter feed of Northern Rail, showing flooding on the railway line at Kirkstall, Leeds.
Picture taken from the Twitter feed of Northern Rail, showing flooding on the railway line at Kirkstall, Leeds.

Services out of Leeds to Ilkley and Skipton were halted on Sunday night after flooding on the line at Kirkstall.

No services ran on Monday morning and Northern rail says it will be “at least” 3pm before any trains can run - signalling chaos for the afternoon rush hour.

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National Rail later tweeted that the disruption would last “until end of service”.

Problems were compounded when Northern Rail announced on Monday it would not lay on replacement bus services - despite promising a bus for passengers on Sunday - forcing travellers into their cars and regular buses.

Commuters who tried to divert to the Harrogate rail line found the road blocked at Pool-in-Wharfedale.

There was standing room only on many rush hour buses this morning as they made their way through often gridlocked main routes.

The swollen banks of the River Wharfe at Otley. Picture: Jenny Bray

YOUR TRAVEL OPTIONS

• A service is running from Bradford Forster Square to Ilkley and Skipton. It is possible to take a train from Leeds to Bradford Interchange and then walk for ten minutes across Bradford Forster Square station.

• The Leeds-Harrogate line is running. Closest stations to those affected are at Horsforth and Weeton.

• Take the bus: Normal services are operating, subject to flooding on local roads.

Flooding near the centre of Otley after the River Wharfe burst its banks. Reader picture by Lorain Behrens

Northern Rail has made no mention of refunds for season ticket holders.

Photo from the Twitter feed of @sdonne23of flooding in the centre of Ilkley
These pictures of flooded roads around Ilkley were posted on Facebook
This picture of the flooded park at Otley was posted on Facebook