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Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013
Network Rail thanks passengers for their continued patience as engineers work to remove dozens of items of debris and fallen trees from the railway. Today’s high winds have resulted in many longer journeys and cancellations. A fallen tree at Ruswarp has led to the closure of the Whitby line for the rest of day. The Route between Leeds and Doncaster is currently closed and trains are unable to run between South Milford and Micklefield. The station roof at Doncaster is damaged which means that some southbound services are unable to stop at the station though services are running through. Further north a fallen tree has been removed from the line at Warkworth and teams are working to remove another tree between Northallerton and Darlington.
Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “We took the decision yesterday to reduce services as the forecast indicated wind speeds which would cause debris to be blown onto the railway. By running trains at reduced speed we give drivers time to react safely to obstacles on the line. The high winds have caused numerous trees and other debris to fall onto our railway, including a barn roof which blew onto the line this morning. We have had teams out on the network all day. We are doing everything we can to clear routes and restore rail services as quickly as it is safe to do so.
“We continue to work with the train operators and other industry partners to do everything we can to reduce disruption, while also operating a safe network for passengers. I thank passengers for their understanding. Individual up to date service information is available on national rail enquiries and from your train operator.”
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