Waves crash into track

Passengers warned not to travel as Storm Eunice causes major disruption

Rail operators are warning against travel today as Storm Eunice causes major disruption to the network and widespread line closures.

As the storm causes disruptions to all modes of transport rail operators will provide alternative means of travel for passengers.

Passengers with tickets for today’s services will be able to travel on the equivalent services with their train operator at any time on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Strong winds are set to reach speeds of 90mph in some areas with red weather warnings threatening ‘danger to life’.

The high winds have caused trees and debris to be blown onto train lines causing many cancellations.

Disruption is expecting to carry on into the weekend and rail companies are urging people to check services before they travel.

The Rail Delivery Group commented on the disruption being caused by Storm Eunice.

Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive Officer at the Rail Delivery Group said: “Storm Eunice is causing widespread damage.

“We’ve had to respond by closing lines to keep our customers and staff safe.

“We’re telling people not to travel today and instead to claim a fee-free refund or use their ticket over the weekend.

“We are urging people to continue to check before they travel as we clear up after the storm.”

Jake Kelly, Network Rail’s Group Director System Operator spoke on the damage caused by the storm.

Mr Kelly said: “There is severe disruption across multiple rail lines today.

“We are continuing to ask passengers not to travel and make alternative arrangements wherever possible.

“Starting tonight and carrying on through the weekend we will be working round the clock to fix the damage that the storm has done to the railway.

“Passengers should be checking their journeys over the weekend as we carry out these repairs.”

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