A number of train services have been cancelled on Friday, February 18, and passengers have been advised to not travel due to severe weather warnings across the country. The Met Office has issued an amber warning here in London as Storm Eunice is set to cause significant disruption, and poses a potential risk to life and property in the most extreme cases.
Gusts of 70mph winds will batter the city with added showers raining down, while temperatures are expected to be between seven and 11 degrees throughout the day.
Many train service providers have already cancelled a number of routes and have announced they will be operating a reduced timetable. Passengers have also been warned to expect further delays and cancellations on the day.
Take a look at what the different train service providers have said ahead of tomorrow’s cancellations and severe weather.
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Trains will be delayed and cancelled throughout the day due to the weather
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LNER has warned travellers that the severe weather forecasted for Friday is “likely to cause significant disruption to services”.
They have asked people to not travel on Friday, February 18, and have said that anyone with a ticket for a journey on this day may use it on Thursday, February 17 instead. Customers will also be permitted to travel from February 19 to February 22. If they do not wish to travel on these alternative dates they can also get a full refund on Friday’s ticket.
LNER services that will be most impacted by the severe weather are in the southern parts of their routes, and as a result they will be running a reduced service between London King’s Cross and York/Leeds.
The company website has warned that journey times for these services will be significantly increased due to the 50mph speed restriction that will be in place all day on Friday. They also expect these services to be extremely busy and subject to short notice cancellations and alterations.
At present the weather is not forecasted to affect their route north of York so they still plan to run services between York and Newcastle/Scotland. However, travellers should check before travel as this is subject to change at short notice.
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East Midlands Railway (EMR) is advising customers to not travel tomorrow (Friday 18) due to the disruption Storm Eunice will cause.
Delays are expected as trains will be required to travel much slower, and there will be fewer trains on some routes. This could mean some journeys take twice as long to complete.
EMR has said it will do everything it can to offer alternative routes during times of unplanned disruption, however customers should keep in mind that other rail routes are likely to be also affected and road conditions may restrict its ability to respond to incidents with Rail Replacement buses and other road transport.
One train per hour will run between Sheffield and London St Pancras, and journey times will be significantly extended with trains running up to 120 minutes later than advertised.
There will also be just one train per hour between Nottingham and London St Pancras, with journey times significantly extended and trains running up to 90 minutes later than advertised.
Customers with tickets for Friday who are not travelling can claim a refund.
Strong winds are expected to cause disruption
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Southeastern railway has warned that due to the probability of trees and debris being blown on to the tracks, they strongly advise you do not travel on Friday.
If passengers do decide to travel then they can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to complete your journey and replacement transport may not be available.
Those who have already bought a ticket for Friday can use it today or on Saturday at no extra cost, or they can apply for a refund.
A number of trains have been cancelled tomorrow, which are as follows:
Trains between Hastings and London Charing Cross will not run between London Bridge and London Charing Cross
Peak hour trains between the Medway Towns and London Cannon Street will not run either in the morning or evening
Peak hour trains between Hastings / Ashford International / Tonbridge and London Cannon Street will not run either in the morning or evening
There will be a reduced service from the Hayes, Woolwich, Sidcup, Bexleyheath and Grove Park Lines to Charing Cross
There will be a significantly reduced High Speed service to London St Pancras International
Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast has also advised passengers to not travel on Friday due to the weather warnings in place.
The train line has released an updated timetable, but has warned further disruption may occur on the day given the potential for damage to overhead lines and tracks caused by debris blown onto the track or fallen trees.
There will be one train every two hours from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, and one train every two hours from London Euston to Rugby.
Journey details will not be available in online journey planners until the early hours of Friday, February 18.
South Western Railway
According to South Western Railway, Network Rail has imposed a blanket speed restriction of 50mph across the network from the start of the train service on Friday morning until 9pm which will cause disruption to train services.
This is to protect passengers and train crew from the effects of the high winds as drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.
Due to the restrictions the following service alterations will take place:
- Services on the Island Line will not run between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde Esplanade all day
- Services between Lymington Pier and Brockenhurst will not run until approximately 2pm
Travellers who are able to replan their journey, their ticket will be accepted on Thursday 17 and Saturday, February 19.
Transport for London has also been contacted for more information on travel across London tomorrow.
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