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Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013
Network Rail thanks passengers for their 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.
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 any obstacles on the line.
“Our teams have been out all day removing fallen trees and other debris, including a barn roof which blew on to the line at Balne. The severity of conditions in Scotland has led to the closure of all routes north of the border.
“We are working closely 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 in advance for their understanding. Individual service information is available on national rail enquiries and from your train operator.”
Source:- Network Rail