Travel disruption hits COP26 as London trains thwarted by fallen tree

COP26 climate summit attendees heading to Scotland from London were warned not to travel after a fallen tree blocked train lines.

Avanti West Coast, which runs the service from London to Glasgow, advised customers not to make the trip because of “the extent of the disruption for services heading north of London.”

Canadian MP Elizabeth May was among the delegates caught up in the travel chaos, alongside a host of journalists hoping to cover the summit and activists looking to up the pressure on world leaders. May described the situation as “distressing” on Twitter.

London Euston station’s Twitter account said a tree had “fallen onto overhead wires,” prompting severe disruption to services between London and Rugby, part of the route to Glasgow, where the summit kicks off on Sunday.

Passengers were also stopped from entering London Euston because of overcrowding. Trains from London to Edinburgh, an alternative route to Glasgow, were meanwhile cancelled because of damage to overhead wires. The disruption comes after the U.K. experienced heavy rain and high winds over the weekend.

In the lead up to the landmark summit, delegates have been encouraged to travel by train rather than use less-environmentally friendly means of travel like flying and driving. At King’s Cross and Euston stations there were posters thanking COP26 attendees for taking the train.

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