Thursday 17 Feb 2022
Storm Eunice: Passengers advised not to travel in the East Midlands
- Rail passengers are advised not to travel in the East Midlands on Friday 18 February
- Storm Eunice is set to bring strong winds and heavy rain, causing widespread disruption for the railway
- Network Rail has extra workers ready to respond to issues at key locations
Rail passengers are being advised not to travel in the East Midlands on Friday 18 February, as Network Rail prepares to respond to Storm Eunice.
Additional, trained workers have been deployed at key locations across the region to respond to issues quickly, as strong winds and heavy rain are expected to cause widespread disruption for the railway.
Fallen trees and other debris can blow onto the line, with the potential to damage train-powering electric wiring or block the track. As the Met Office has issued a rare Red Weather Warning, trains will need to run at lower speeds to be safe - and services will be significantly reduced.
It comes on the back of damage to overhead lines in Luton and St Albans during Storm Dudley on Thursday night. Engineers will be going back to the site at St Albans tonight from around 11pm. They’re working through the night to repair and secure the overhead lines before the worst of Storm Eunice.
Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail, said: “Running a railway through extreme weather is always a challenge. We have extra workers out on the network at key locations, ready to react quickly to Storm Eunice and repair the railway wherever it’s safe to do so. As the weather worsens I’d advise passengers to avoid travelling on Friday and, wherever possible, try to replan your journey when conditions improve.”
Notes to Editors
- For more information about how storms impact the railway – and how the railway prepares for these events, visit How storms and flooding affect the railway - Network Rail
- Check before you travel: You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDudley and #StormEunice
- Some train companies are accepting tickets for different operators over the coming days. Customers are advised to check with their train company.
- Some train companies are accepting tickets for equivalent services on other days beyond Thursday and Saturday. Customers are advised to check with their train company.
- You may return an unused Ticket to the original retailer or Train Company from whom it was purchased, where you will be given a full refund with no administration fee charged, if you decide not to travel because the train you intended to use is: • cancelled, or • delayed, or • rescheduled from that in Published Timetable of the Day after you have purchased a Ticket or Tickets.
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