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Daily Travel Alerts | 05 Jan ’20

AUSTRALIA: UPDATE: Coronavirus – Australia confirms 13th case
The Australian state of Queensland confirmed its third case of the virus on Tuesday, February 4, bringing the national total to 13, CNN reports.

The patient is a Chinese national who travelled in a tour group with two infected people.

ENGLAND: UPDATE: Rail service disruption continues
Faulty signalling equipment at London Waterloo station has blocked some lines, causing rush-hour delays, Standard reports.

Services on South Western Railway to London Waterloo will be disrupted until 13h00 today (February 5).

Thameslink services are also affected between Bedford, Luton and Rainham and London Bridge.

Trains unable to serve Charing Cross and Waterloo east on South Eastern Railway lines will be diverted to London Victoria or London Cannon Street.

Travellers are advised to take London Underground services, at no extra cost, between Victoria, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo, Southwark, London Bridge, Canning Town as well as Elephant and Castle.

BRAZIL: Rio Carnival faces possible delays or cancellations
The annual Rio Carnival may face possible delays or cancellations as heavy rainfall persists, AccuWeather reports.

Flash flooding, road closures and other travel interruptions can be expected throughout the week.

Travellers are advised to check official updates regarding the carnival.

UNITED KINGDOM: Thameslink Railway to change timetable
Thameslink Railway will change its timetables for the next two years to allow for an upgrade to Gatwick Airport Railway Station, Sussex Express reports.

The rail service will publish exact details of the timetable changes later this month.

NEW ZEALAND: Road closures in Auckland
A major intersection in Auckland, New Zealand, will be closed for most of the year, News Talk reports.

The Wellesley Street West intersection, Albert Street and Mayoral Drive will close on March 1 for work to begin on a new underground rail station.

Wellesley Street West will reopen to through traffic in early 2021 while construction of the station, platform and tunnels continues below ground. A small section of Mayoral Drive back from the intersection will remain closed until construction is completed in 2024.

NETHERLANDS / ENGLAND: Eurostar to launch direct return train service
Eurostar will introduce a direct return service between London and Amsterdam on April 30, Business Traveller reports.

Trains depart London at 07h16 (excluding Sundays), 11h04 and 17h16 (excluding Saturdays), and arrive in Amsterdam at 12h11, 16h11 and 22h11.

The return service departs Amsterdam at 07h48 (excluding Sundays) and 18h48 (excluding Saturdays), arriving at 10h57 and 21h57.

Tickets for the direct return journeys go on sale on February 11 with fares starting at £35 (R571) each way.

UNITED KINGDOM: Road closures in Chester
Travellers will face four weeks of delays in Chester due to work taking place on Sealand Road, Cheshire Live reports.

The work started yesterday (February 3) and will last until February 28.

Travellers are warned that traffic will be slow for the rest of the month and that they should find alternative routes.

As per Travel Info Plus 05 February 2020

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