Commuters face difficult journeys to work in wake of storm

Thousands of commuters had difficult journeys to work this morning as Sussex Police reported 125 trees had fallen on roads in Sussex.

East Sussex County Council’s roads department said it had 40 people working to clear fallen trees around the county.

For the latest on the roads from Sussex Police visit http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/live-traffic-and-travel-updates

Amongst the roads blocked by fallen trees this morning in the Lewes and Wealden areas were the High Street in Buxted and Plumpton Lane in Plumpton, as well as the B2192 at Cross in Hand. Residents should check for travel updates before they set off.

Sussex Police were advising people to travel only if necessary.

It also said roads were reopening and closing all the time and to tune into local radio to get the latest updates when driving.

Southern was not running any trains this morning as a result of the storm. People are advised to check the rail company’s website for updates.

A statement on their website said: “Following the overnight storms, we, along with Network Rail, have now started to assess the damage to our route.

“Currently, there are a large number of trees obstructing lines, which need to be cleared before we are able to prove the route, and start running passenger services.

“Passengers are advised to check www.southernrailway.com before travelling today.”

The Met Office amber alert for strong winds is valid until 12 noon today.

It said it was expecting gusts of 60-70 mph widely and locally over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts in the South East.