Services from Temple Meads to Swindon are being affected
The overnight wet weather that has hit Bristol has lead to traffic and travel issues this morning. One lane was closed off on the M32 due to flooding, as a result of the heavy rain.
The closure occurred on the southbound carriageway, from junction 19 on the M4 – the M32's starting point – up to junction 1 A4171 at Hambrook, by Bristol Golf Centre, traffic monitoring website Inrix says.
A yellow weather warning was brought in by the Met Office yesterday (January 11) that will last until 5pm today, due to their prediction that Bristol would be hit be 23 hours of rain. As a result, it's likely that we will see the rain affect other places in or around the city as well, so motorists should exercise caution due to wet road surfaces and reduced visibility.
The latest update on Inrix, the traffic monitoring site, says: "All lanes open, earlier flooding on M32 Southbound from M4 J19 (Bristol) to J1 A4174 (Hambrook)."
Train services out of Temple Meads have also been affected this morning by flooding. Great Western Railway (GWR) tweeted this morning that services between the station and Swindon are being diverted as all lines are blocked by flooding.
In its latest update, GWR suggest disruption is expected until 4pm.
This is a live event. See below for updates.
According to Inrix, the one lane closed on the M32 southbound has now reopened:
"All lanes open, earlier flooding on M32 Southbound from M4 J19 (Bristol) to J1 A4174 (Hambrook)."
Great Western Railway (GWR) has issued the following information on route diversions in place between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads:
Due to the amount of water flowing on and around the Railway, it is not safe to run trains directly between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads.
Services between these two stations will diverted on alternative routes, however these take more time and therefore diverted services will incur delays.
Passengers for Bath Spa at Swindon, you are advised to travel via Bristol Parkway and change at Bristol Temple Meads.
Passengers for Bath at Bristol Temple Meads, you are advised to use the GWR services for Portsmouth Harbour stopping at Bath Spa.
Passengers for Chippenham, you are advised that replacement road transport has been requested to run between Swindon and Chippenham in both directions, although unfortunately this has not yet been able to be fulfilled.
Local bus ticket acceptance has been requested for GWR ticket holders.
As we come closer to rush hour and the traffic starts building, we can see that it's already getting heavier, which is indicated by the red lines.
The maroon lines indicate very heavy and slow moving traffic. Commuters heading into the city via the M32 should be aware that additional journey time is highly likely:
(Source: AA Traffic)
The Met Office forecast for the city predicts a wet morning for the city, with showery spells throughout the afternoon and evening.
Read more here.
The hazard warning triangle sign shows the location of the lane closure on the M32 this morning. The red line indicates slower moving or heavier traffic than normal:
GWR says disruption is expected until around 10am between Temple Meads and Swindon, with trains being diverted.
⚠ Travel Update ⚠
Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads, all lines are blocked.
Train services running through these stations will be diverted.
Disruption is expected until 10:00.
The latest update on Inrix, the traffic monitoring site, says: "One lane closed due to flooding on M32 Southbound from M4 J19 (Bristol) to J1 A4174 (Hambrook)."