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Rail commuters hit as morning trains cancelled ahead of storm

Rail commuters face a difficult journey to work on Monday as services are cancelled Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Hundreds of thousands of commuters face a difficult journey to work on Monday as stormy conditions force rail companies to cancel trains before 9am.

The advice from Network Rail is not to travel early on Monday morning.

Greater Anglia is suspending all train services before 9am and says it will run a reduced service after 9am but expects "significant disruption" throughout the day.

"We have worked with Network Rail and our plans are based on the high winds of up to 75mph forecast across our region early on Monday morning which presents a significant risk of falling trees/branches, damage to railway equipment and will severely limit our ability to safely and quickly respond to any incidents which may occur."

– Greater Anglia

First Capital Connect says the storm is expected to be strongest overnight and is likely to lead to fallen trees and damage to buildings.

The company is not running trains from midnight and doesn't expect to resume services before 9am on Monday.

"Once trains resume, we will be operating a revised timetable with far fewer services and with extended journey times. It is possible that some lines may remain closed."

– First Capital Connect
Train services across the Anglia region face major disruption from high winds. Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

c2c which operates trains from south Essex into London is also suspending rush hour services before 9am.

The company says that once the storm has passed, it will be helping Network Rail to check the lines are clear and that no damage has been caused to the overhead wires that supply power.

Train companies say rail tickets booked for Monday will still be valid for travel on Tuesday.

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