Sunday 10 Nov 2019
South Yorkshire rail passengers advised to check before travelling on Monday 11 November as flood-hit network continues recovery
- Region & Route:
- London North Eastern & East Midlands
Network Rail teams worked across the weekend to restore services, pumping away millions of litres of water - but some lines still affected
Rotherham Central will remain closed on Monday 11 November, with water having almost reached the height of the platform when the flooing was at its most severe. Other routes across South Yorkshire and into Lincolnshire will be running on Monday, but ongoing testing to safety-critical signalling equipment means fewer trains will be able to run than usual and at slower speeds, meaning passengers are strongly encouraged to check with National Rail Enquiries or their train operator for the latest information as journeys will be subject to change and may take longer than usual.
Matt Rice, Director for the North and East at Network Rail said: "A month's worth of rain in 24 hours has had a significant impact on the rail network over the past few days, but an heroic effort from our teams in difficult conditions means we are able to run at least some trains on most routes in South Yorkshire on Monday.
"However, I do strongly recommend that passengers check before they decide to travel on Monday and advise that those services that are able to run will be busier than usual.
"Some areas of the rail network remain underwater, including electric cables and telecoms equipment that control the all-important signalling system and our teams will continuing battling day and night to get a full service restored as quickly and safely as possible."
Notes to Editors
- More images will be available of various sites across South Yorkshire on Monday, and interview bids are available from 0900 on Monday 11 Nov. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
- The advice to passengers is to check before travelling www.nationalrail.co.uk or with their train operator
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