Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Region's Travellers Hit as Gertrude's Gales Bring Chaos

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Region's Travellers Hit as Gertrude's Gales Bring Chaos

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Byline: Daniel Milligan Reporter

STORM Gertrude swept into the North East yesterday, causing travel chaos on the roads, rails and ferries.

The Great North Road came to a complete standstill at 10.20am yesterday when gales uprooted a tree which fell through a stone wall and landed across the northbound carriageway at the Broadway junction.

Police closed the road for just over an hour while workers used chainsaws to cut the tree up and clear it away.

Earsdon Road in Shiremoor, North Tyneside, was shut for several hours due to a telegraph pole which snapped in half and landed on the road. No one was hurt.

The A19 was closed southbound at Cramlington after a lorry overturned between Moor Farm Roundabout and the A1056 Killingworth Way. The incident was cleared at around 3.30pm Homes and businesses in Otterburn and Hexham in Northumberland as well as Crook and Seaham in County Durham suffered power cuts as Northern Powergrid engineers restored electricity to 15,100 properties across the region.

The Shields Ferry was cancelled because of the strong winds and replacement buses between North Shields and South Shields put in place.

The Metro was also suspended between Sunderland and South Hylton after plastic blew onto the overhead line and later between Sunderland and East Boldon due to an obstruction on the tracks, although a full service resumed in the afternoon.

On the East Coast mainline, trains suffered delays throughout the morning due to overhead line problems at Berwick and trains having to run at reduced speeds because of high winds.

A mum and daughter had a lucky escape after a fallen tree smashed into their car and trapped them inside in County Durham.

The pair were rescued from the car on Chilton Lane, Ferryhill, by fire-fighters just before 10am and luckily had no serious injuries. …

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