Rail passengers advised to check before travelling on Thursday as Storm Doris hits South East: London Road viaduct, Brighton (1)

Wednesday 22 Feb 2017

Rail passengers advised to check before travelling on Thursday as Storm Doris hits South East

South East

Passengers are advised to check before travelling on Thursday as gale force winds from Storm Doris have prompted Network Rail to put speed restrictions in place in the South East of England. As a result, there will be changes to some Southern, Southeastern and Gatwick Express services.

Speed restrictions are used to keep passengers and staff safe during high winds, as trees and other objects can get blown onto the tracks. With trains running at a reduced top speed of 50mph, drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.

Andy Derbyshire, chief operating officer, Network Rail South East route, said: “Gale force winds are forecast on Thursday, so we’re putting a 50mph speed limit in place when winds are strongest to limit the risk to passengers and staff should trees or other objects get blown onto the tracks.

“This is part of our standard planning for stormy weather, but it will mean changes to journeys for some passengers.  Your safety is our top priority, so thank you for your understanding and please check before you travel.”

A Southern spokesperson said: "These speed restrictions will mean that we won't be able to run our full service on some of our routes, leading to cancellations and delays. Our advice is to check before you travel for the latest information about your train." 

Ellie Burrows, Train Services Director at Southeastern, said: “Some of our services tomorrow will be affected by the speed restrictions put in place by Network Rail as a safety measure due to the forecast bad weather. At present, restrictions will apply from 10am - 5pm on coastal routes from Ashford - Ramsgate and Hastings – Battle; and midday - 5pm on all other routes. We will continue to work with Network Rail to monitor the necessity of these important safety measures, but we advise all passengers to check before they travel and to allow more time for their journeys.”


Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - South East route
020 3357 7969

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