There was more misery for millions travelling to work today with train services severely disrupted and roads closed due to flooding and fallen trees.

Few parts of the country escaped the travel chaos, with a number of busy rail routes still shut during the morning rush-hour.

One bit of good news on the roads was the reopening of a section of the M2 in north Kent which was shut on Tuesday after a 15ft-deep hole was discovered in the central reservation.

But glad tidings were hard to find as the Highways Agency reported a series of closures and flooded roads elsewhere while train companies warned passengers to expect continuing delays.

There were no train services between Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe until 10am due to overhead wire damage near Runcorn in Cheshire. Early-morning travellers had to take replacement buses.

Also in north-west England, trains between Blackburn and Clitheroe were suspended because of a signalling problem and there were delays between Preston and Blackpool North, Sheffield and Manchester, and Stockport and Macclesfield.

In north-east England there was damage to overhead power lines between Wakefield and Doncaster and between York and Darlington, causing severe disruption to services run by East Coast and Northern Rail.

Among services affected was the London to Leeds/Doncaster route while there delays between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate/Doncaster.

In the Midlands there were no early-morning trains between Birmingham New Street and Stafford, while further south, flooding at Maidenhead in Berkshire was causing disruption to First Great Western services.

Also in the Thames Valley, flooding at Datchet in Berkshire and surrounding areas meant buses had to run instead of trains between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside, with this section of line not expected to reopen until tomorrow.

Services run by the Southern train company continued to be affected by a landslip at Oxted in Surrey, which is not expected to reopen until Monday.

In Wales and western England many rail services were affected. One of the many Welsh problems was on the Clarbeston Road to Fishguard Harbour route where a number of fallen trees were preventing services running.

On the roads, the M6 was closed northbound from junction 44 at Carlisle North to junction 45 at the A74/M junction due to an overturned lorry. A section of the M40 between Banbury and Gaydon in the Midlands was also shut.

Strong winds meant that one lane on the M48 Severn Bridge between junction 1 at Aust and junction 2 at Chepstow was closed.

Floods and fallen trees affected many roads. In Wales the A44 was closed in both directions between Ponterwyd and Dyffryn Castell because of several trees in the road. In Worcester a number of roads were impassable, including the A44 in the city centre.

Among roads closed by flooding were the A272 at West Meon in Hampshire, the A308 in Runnymede in Surrey, the A320 at Chertsey in Surrey and the A321 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

In Scotland, the A93 at Braemar in Aberdeenshire was closed because of snow.

Network Rail (NR) said engineers working overnight removed "scores of trees" which had been blocking lines, while repairing overhead wires and clearing debris from tracks.

At 9am, the West Coast line was open except for the spur through Runcorn to Liverpool which was expected to open later this morning.

On the East Coast, the section between Doncaster and Leeds was expected to reopen by 10am. Speed restrictions of 80mph from Newcastle to the Scottish border were adding about 30 mins to journeys to Scotland until midday.

Some Welsh routes - Blaenau Ffestiniog, Fishguard and Aberystwyth - remained shut as engineers worked to clear more trees.

This was the 9am situation on the railways:

:: Oxford to Didcot - Flooding cleared and line speed restored but a half-hourly shuttle between Reading and Oxford remains in place because of service restrictions caused by flooding at Maidenhead.

:: Maidenhead to Twyford, Berkshire - Flooding at Waltham means a very limited service out of Paddington and the advice remains check before you travel and avoid Paddington if possible.

:: Exeter - Two of the three routes to Exeter remain open with the route through Bridgwater and the Somerset Levels closed with three-quarters of a mile under water.

:: Dawlish sea wall in Devon - Work continues to repair the wall. Eleven shipping containers have been welded together and filled with sand and stone to form a new temporary sea wall and scaffolding has been erected to give workers better access to start repairs.

:: Eastleigh to Fareham, Hampshire - Single line blocked near Botley. Route expected to remain blocked for several weeks. This is a route into Portsmouth but not the main line.

:: Windsor branch line, Berkshire - Line blocked due to Thames floodwater above conductor rail level at Datchet. Services terminating at Staines and onward road transport in operation to Windsor.

:: Oxted, Surrey - Line blocked while recovery work is carried out. Services are terminating at Woldingham with a shuttle service operating Uckfield/East Grinstead to Oxted. No firm estimate for reopening.

:: Tunbridge Wells - Hastings line is shut as a result of several major landslips and will take several weeks to repair.