Climate-friendly travel plans for COP summit hit by weather chaos in UK

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Climate activists arrive at Glasgow Central Station ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain October 30, 2021. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez

MILTON KEYNES, England, Oct.31 (Reuters) – Delegates, activists and journalists traveling by train to the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow suffered a weather delay on Sunday – a tree knocked over on a railway line.

All tracks on the main railway line between London and Glasgow were blocked near the town of Milton Keynes due to the tree which fell into overhead power lines as England was hit by stormy weather.

Euston Station in London was closed to people trying to enter as crowds gathered inside and passengers were told to delay their travel plans.

A Reuters reporter on a canceled train service said several passengers were instead booking flights to Glasgow in Scotland, where the UN climate conference COP26 kicks off on Sunday.

Claire Sheppard, a Green Party activist who took her dog for a walk near Luton Airport where frustrated travelers were trying to find flights to Scotland, said the chaos was an embarrassment for Britain as a summit host.

“We look great,” she said wryly. “Well done, UK. “

Reporting by Mark John and Katy Daigle Writing by William Schomberg Editing by Alison Williams and Mark Heinrich

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