Train commuters told not to travel because of storm

PUBLISHED: 15:51 27 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:17 28 October 2013

Train operators are cancelling or reducing services tomorrow, as the south of England braces itself for a storm.

South West Trains advised passengers not to travel and said it will be “operating a significantly reduced timetable on Monday, with the majority of services not expected to run until at least 8am”.

It continued: “Across the network, trains will run at a maximum of 50mph as a safety measure in case of obstructions on the tracks. This will result in extended journey times on services.

“Maintenance teams are checking high-risk sites to carry out work to reduce the impact from flooding and fallen trees. Extra staff are also being deployed at key locations across the network to help keep trains running. Test trains will run from early in the morning to check routes are safe to operate.”

Some services from the operator will not be running at all, while others, including the Shepperton and Chessington branches, will have limited services. Passengers are advised to check the South West Trains’ website for further details.

Meanwhile, Southeastern is also warning passengers to expect delays. A notice on its website this afternoon said: “The weather forecast for tonight is for severe storms. Strong winds and heavy rainfall can cause trees and branches to fall onto the railway lines and localised flooding.

“If the storm hits our region as predicted - then we may need to start train services later than usual tomorrow morning, likely around 9am or 10am. This will give Network Rail the chance to clear the tracks.”

It expects to publish more details later today on its services for tomorrow.

Network Rail said passengers should allow extra time to reach their stations and to catch connecting trains because road conditions are also expected to be hazardous.

First Capital Connect said it was not expecting to run a service until 9am and there will be no Greater Anglia or Stansted Express services until after 9am.

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