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06.12.13

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

Trains across Scotland stopped completely yesterday and much of the network across the north was severely disrupted as a storm hit the UK.

Trees and debris on the West Coast Main Line led to cancellations and delays across the country, with Virgin Trains, London Midland, East Midlands, Northern Rail, Arriva, Cross Country and FTPE services affected.

Network Rail announced late last night that the majority of the network had been reopened, although disruption was likely to continue. Flooding has also hit many coastal towns, leading to further damage across the railway, and many lines suspended.

Robin Gisby, Network Rail director of operations said last night: “It's been a difficult day for our passengers as the industry has dealt with the impact of a very severe winter storm. People have coped marvellously well with the situation, both as passengers and as employees, as we now start to return the network to normal operations but that task will take many hours yet.”

Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Hundreds of rail staff will continue to monitor the weather, react quickly to problems on the lines and keep passengers safe and informed.

“Many lines are open but some are running reduced timetables with the most severely affected areas being Scotland and parts of Northern England. Delays are possible so customers should check National Rail Enquiries before they decide to travel. A number of operators have lifted restrictions to allow tickets from today to be used tomorrow, and we advise passengers to check with their train company.”

ScotRail is expecting to run services as scheduled from today.

For more live updates on disruption, follow the #UKstorm hashtag on Twitter.

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