Storm Barney causes delays and power cut in Royston and district

PUBLISHED: 17:02 22 November 2015

Storm Barney caused disruption on the A505.

Storm Barney caused disruption on the A505.


A storm which ripped through Crow country on Tuesday at a speed of 60mph caused the closure of a lane on a busy A road.

The Royston Road stretch of the A505 was closed for hours – causing major disruption for road users who were diverted through Baldock – due to a fallen tree.

Both Herts and Cambs were buffeted by strong winds as Storm Barney hit the area, with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for the eastern region.

The storm caused shock waves in the area. We Love Royston tweeted: “Sounds like #StormBarney is here. Batten down the hatches #Royston!”

Carole Tidiman-Hall, 70, was left without power in her Reed home from about 8.30pm on Tuesday until the Crow went to press the following day.

She said: “I keep phoning UK Power. I am classed as a vulnerable person because of my angina. I can’t watch the television or make a cup of tea.”

Barney – which reached speeds of up to 85mph in some areas of the country – is the second storm considered strong enough to be given a name under a new system introduced by the Met Office, coming hot on the heels of Storm Abigail last week.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Royston Crow. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Royston Crow