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Severe weather warning for Kent and Sussex

Southeastern and Network Rail are advising passengers of possible disruption to services on Friday 31 January due to a severe weather forecast.

The weather forecast for Friday evening and overnight into Saturday is for strong winds and heavy rain, bringing the possibility of falling trees and damaged infrastructure on the Kent and East Sussex route.

Network Rail has put in place speed restrictions on part of the network from 8pm on Friday.

With the severe weather forecast, safety is our absolute priority. Network Rail has advised us that because of the risk of trees on the lines, flooding and more landslips, trains will need to run at a reduced speed on Friday night. We’ll be making every effort to provide the best possible service, however it is likely that services will be disrupted. We’re advising customers to check before they travel and plan ahead to avoid possible delays.”

– Michelle Ulyatt, Southeastern

Safety is always our priority and we apologise to passengers whose journeys will be disrupted as a result of this decision. After the wettest January in 100 years, the land around the railway is completely saturated and there is more heavy rain forecast, along with high winds. This means that there is a heightened risk of trees and other debris falling on the line and we have to be prepared for that."

– Fiona Taylor, Network Rail,