Passengers warned of rail disruption with Storm Ciara on the way this weekend

Rail services will be forced to run at lower speeds on Sunday because of expected gusts of up to 70mph in the Anglia region.

Storm Ciara will affect most of the UK this weekend, resulting in a yellow Met Office weather warning for wind throughout Sunday.

Network Rail have instructed Greater Anglia to run at reduced speeds, meaning a special timetable will be implemented by the rail operator.

The yellow wind warning is in force throughout Sunday Credit: Met Office

Greater Anglia say the reduced speeds are designed to prevent damage to overhead power lines.

LNER, which operates from Peterborough to London, will also be operating a reduced service.

They have urged passengers with tickets for Sunday to use them on Saturday or Monday.

David Horne, MD of LNER, said: "We are expecting significant disruption to LNER services this Sunday, so we are advising customers not to travel."

If there is damage, Network Rail have warned they may have to wait until the winds subside on Monday to repair them, potentially affecting the morning rush hour.

"In the event of damage, while every effort will be made to get the network running, we need to make sure we don’t put anyone at risk. "The safety of our staff and passengers is our absolute priority. If that means delaying repairs until the gusts have gone, I am certain that is the right thing to do.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail's Anglia route director

Orwell Bridge

Highways England have warned that the Orwell Bridge could close on Sunday.

Early forecasting models predict the winds on Sunday will exceed the limit required to close the road.