National rail update: storm impact

Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013

networkrailServices in Scotland and the north of England continue to be severely impact by today’s storm as wind speeds in excess of 100mph have been recorded.Services in Scotland and north of Carlisle and Newcastle are currently suspended with other services in the north affected by speed restrictions and ad-hoc closures as conditions require (e.g. a tree coming down blocking a route).



Robin Gisby, director of operations said: “We’ve seen winds at over 100mph hit parts of the country which has caused trees to fall and debris to be blown on the railway, and teams are currently working as quickly as possible to repair damage caused. We’re working to keep as much of the network open as is possible.”



Michael Roberts, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Hundreds of rail staff have been working throughout the night and the morning to monitor the weather, prepare to react quickly to problems on the lines and keep passengers safe and informed.



“Many lines are open but some are running reduced timetables with the most severely affected areas being Scotland and parts of Northern England. Delays are possible so customers should check National Rail Enquiries before they decide to travel. A number of operators have lifted restrictions to allow tickets from today to be used tomorrow, and we advise passengers to check with their train company.”


Source:-Network Rail

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