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Railway engineers battle against Storm Christoph

Railway engineers across the North West are working to combat the effects of Storm Christoph as they continue to keep passengers and freight safely on the move.

Flooding is affecting numerous rail routes today (21 Jan) as heavy rain continues to batter the railway network.

Network Rail is using high volume pumps to clear floodwater so its teams can carry out safety inspections.

Fast-moving floodwater can wash away the track ballast making railway lines unstable.

Safety speed restrictions remain in place on the West Coast mainline, routes in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

With the weather showing no signs of letting up across the North West, rail passengers making essential journeys are being advised to check before they travel.

Phil James, Managing Director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “As expected we’re now seeing the full force of Storm Christoph and our extreme weather action teams are working flat out to keep trains moving and passengers safe.

“I’d urge anyone who must travel for the reasons set out by government over the next few days to check National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before setting off so they know exactly what to expect.”

Images: Network Rail 

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