Friday 20 Oct 2017
Storm Brian could lead to travel disruption this weekend
- Met Office issue yellow warning for strong winds
- Passengers advised to plan for possible travel disruption
- Railway neighbours asked to secure garden furniture, equipment and trampolines
The Met Office has issued a ‘yellow’ warning for parts of Britain tomorrow (Saturday, 21 October), meaning travel disruption is possible this weekend.
Network Rail, working with train operators, has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to plan for possible travel disruption.
Passengers should check before they travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk.
Network Rail’s weather contingencies include the introduction of temporary speed restrictions to protect passengers and train crew from the effects of high winds, which can blow trees and other debris onto railway lines and overhead power lines. With trains running at a reduced top speed (typically of around 50mph), drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.
People living near the railway can help by ensuring garden furniture, equipment and trampolines are secure and not at risk of being blown onto the tracks or overhead power lines.
Subject to change, temporary speed restrictions are planned to be in place this weekend on several routes, including:
- Between London and Brighton, plus Sussex coastal routes
- Kent coastal routes, including between Faversham, Ramsgate, Dover and Ashford
- Hampshire coastal routes, including from Petersfield to Portsmouth and Weymouth
- The majority of routes in Wales
As a result, there will be changes to some services and passengers are advised to check before they travel. Other speed restrictions may be imposed as the storm develops.
Network Rail is also monitoring the sea wall through Devon with ‘spray watch’ in place to ensure trains are safe to pass along the sea front.
A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We are keeping a close eye on Storm Brian and are doing everything we can to prepare for severe weather. We are deploying additional teams across the railway network to remove debris quickly and safely if we need to, and to keep passengers moving.”
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.