National Rail website affected by snow

Amidst the heavy snowfall that is covering parts of southern England, National Rail’s website at www.nationalrail.co.uk has been unable to cope with the number of visitors eager to know which train services may be delayed or cancelled.

The website was unavailable yesterday afternoon and for most of this morning, with some respite overnight. The site is currently still unavailable, ironically preventing commuters from viewing National Rail’s Service Disruptions page.

All aboard the failtrain
Live performance graphs can be viewed here.

National Rail is the title used by the Association of Train Operating Companies, which runs the train services in Great Britain. Its website – when available – allows visitors to plan journeys, and view real time service information and fares.

It's possible that the performance problems over the past day may be attributable to the wrong type of snow, which has bedevilled British rail travellers before.