Storm affects rail services

Rail services across the South, South-East and Thames Valley are disrupted by the storm as train companies try to reduce the risk to passengers and rolling stock.

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Southern Railway- Statement

"Following the overnight storms, we, along with Network Rail, have now started to assess the damage to our route.Currently, there are a large number of trees obstructing lines, which need to be cleared before we are able to prove the route, and start running passenger services.Southern and Gatwick Express services will therefore not start operating at 0900 as previously hoped. A further update of when we hope to start services will be provided at 0930.Passengers are advised to check www.southernrailway.com before travelling today."

– Southern Railway

C2C trains not expected to be back to normal until noon

We have just received this from C2C trains.

We do not expect trains to resume until at least 12.00 and our advice remains not to travel. We currently have power failures between Fenchurch Street and West Ham, and between Purfleet and Tilbury.

There has also been debris blocking the track at Thorpe Bay and Upminster. We are working with Network Rail to tackle these issues, and we will resume train services as soon as we can.

South West Trains ask passengers not to travel today

South West Trains say speed restrictions and cancelled services will affect passengers all day Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

South West Trains have asked passengers not to travel today - in an update on their website issued this morning. They say they will be operating a significantly reduced timetable all day.

The statement continues: "It is highly unlikely that trains will run before 0900 at the earliest and in some cases this could be considerably later. We have been running test trains this morning across our network and many have encountered fallen trees and debris on the line."

High winds mean they can only run trains at a maximum speed of 50mph, this is a safety measure in case of obstructions on the tracks. This will result in significant delays and in some cases these may take up to twice the normal time.

Maintenance teams are checking high-risk sites to carry out work to reduce the impact from flooding and fallen trees. South West Trains say extra staff are also being deployed at key locations across the network . Test trains will run during the morning to check routes are safe to operate.

The rail operator says the alterations to services are designed to maintain safety across the network, give passengers greater certainty on what trains will be running, and help avoid knock-on disruption.

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