07 November 2019 20:35
Bosses warned fans to get to the event early with heavy traffic expected in the area for Meadowhall Christmas Live. There are huge delays in the area after Meadowhall Christmas Live was cancelled at the last minute due to flooding concerns. The M1 junctions by Meadowhall, J34, are closed in both directions with police warning that traffic is gridlocked. Due to the adverse weather and the subsequent impact this has had on the regional public transport infrastructure, it is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel this evening's Meadowhall Christmas Live concert. We appreciate this news will be very disappointing to the many ticket holders who remained keen to attend despite the rain but we feel we have a duty to recognise the issues people may face in trying to return home.
Parts of northern England, including Sheffield and Rotherham, have been battered by torrential rain all day with flood warnings in place and several roads closed. Motorists have been warned to avoid flooded roads as a deluge hit South and West Yorkshire, causing some routes to be impassable and train services to be cancelled. The Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which was also flooded in 2007, said its Christmas Live event, has been been cancelled. In a statement it said: "Due to the adverse weather and the subsequent impact on the public transport it is with regret that the Christmas Live event has been cancelled." Christmas shoppers are stranded at Meadowhall in Sheffield as flooding hits Britain up and down the country. Sheffield Police confirmed shoppers were being kept inside Meadowhall to keep them safe from the floods.
Flooding has closed the lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria. The firm said that roads are also closed in the corresponding areas, meaning "customers should not attempt to travel". Motorists have been warned to avoid flooded roads as a deluge hit parts of northern England causing train services to be cancelled. Hours of torrential rain in Sheffield and other parts of South and West Yorkshire have left streets like rivers and some routes impassable. Train services have been affected by flooding across the Pennines and South Yorkshire and tram-train services between Rotherham and Sheffield have also been hit by the weather.
Between Malin Bridge and Rails Road there are several large floods which are very deep in areas." Sheffield City Council's Streets Ahead team said on Twitter: "Our teams are busy responding to reports of flooding & wet spots across the city. Social media users posted images of flooding across Sheffield, including along Penistone Road, and rising levels along various sections of the River Don. Shoppers at Meadowhall in Sheffield told not to leave by police and many trains cancelled after heavy rain Hours of torrential rain in parts of northern England caused a stream to burst its banks, engulfing nearby cars and trapping hundreds of people in a shopping mall. Motorists were warned to avoid flooded roads as Blackburn Brook, a tributary of the River Don in South Yorkshire, overflowed into nearby streets with people abandoning their cars. People at the nearby Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield were told to stay put and not to attempt to leave the mall after flooding left roads gridlocked. South Yorkshire police said on Twitter: "All roads around Meadowhall are currently gridlocked. There is heavy flooding due to adverse weather conditions and closures are in place. The unit added: "If you are in Meadowhall, do not leave the shopping centre – await further updates. Centre bosses issued a statement after earlier saying the Christmas event would still go ahead: "Due to the adverse weather and the subsequent impact on the public transport it is with regret that the Christmas Live event has been cancelled." South Yorkshire police said they had closed the nearby junction 34 of the M1 in both directions to "alleviate pressure". The centre flooded before in 2007 when the river burst its banks, inundating large parts of Sheffield. On Thursday evening train services were also affected by flooding across the Pennines and South Yorkshire, and tram services between Rotherham and Sheffield were also hit by the bad weather. The Met Office issued an amber warning for heavy rain until 6am on Friday for an area between Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford. It has also issued yellow warnings for surrounding regions stating 40mm (1.5in) of rain had fallen in the Sheffield area between midnight and noon on Thursday. Sheffield city council said there were seven roads closed in the city due to flooding and the Millhouses public park had also been closed due to concerns over the rising level of the River Sheaf. Chris Wilding, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, advised people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water. Rail firm Northern issued "do not travel" advice for passengers using three routes. They said flooding had closed the lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria. The firm said that roads are also closed in the corresponding areas, meaning "customers should not attempt to travel". Meanwhile, South Yorkshire police issued alerts including one that said: "Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions during the next 24 hours. We have more rain forecast and many roads have standing water which varies in depth, so please drive with caution and reduce speed to allow time to react." The Environment Agency has issued 25 flood warnings, mainly in the Yorkshire region, and 84 flood alerts.