Rail passengers are facing major travel disruption on the East Coast Mainline and are being urged not to travel.
LNER is expecting disruption to its services until at least Saturday as Storm Ciaran hits the region. An hourly service will be operating between Newcastle and Edinburgh from 3pm on Thursday until the end of service on Friday, with trains will be subject to delays of up to 40 minutes as they will be running at a reduced speed.
There will be no services running between Edinburgh and Aberdeen from 10.30am on Thursday until Saturday. The train operator is advising customers to avoid travelling on Thursday and Friday as there could be severe delays, short notice cancellations and overcrowding.
Tickets for November 1, 2 and 3 are now valid for travel on any another LNER service on, and up to November 7. It comes as Network Rail warns anyone travelling from London King’s Cross to check their travel plans, with high winds, heavy rain and debris expected to cause disruptions.
Paul Rutter, route director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “Storm Ciarán is set to bring high winds and heavy rainfall across the East Coast route… The adverse weather could bring disruption to the rail network with flooding and debris falling onto the tracks.
“We have extra colleagues on standby to respond to incidents more quickly should they occur, and our teams will be working hard to keep passengers safely on the move.
“We’re urging all passengers to check their journey before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator and thank passengers for their patience and understanding ahead of this potential disruption.”
Network Rail will have extra colleagues will be on hand across the network to help deal with any weather-related incidents more quickly, and engineers will be monitoring known flooding hotspots to try and alleviate the risk of the heavy rain creating floods on the line.
Strong winds can blow debris onto the railway line, including trees, which can block the track and cause delays to trains. Overhead power lines can also be affected, severing the power supply to trains. High winds can also make repairing faults more difficult, meaning that repairs can take longer to complete.
Network Rail is urging those who live near the railway to take steps to prevent damage to railway equipment by tying down any objects that could get onto the tracks.
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