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Storm Eunice: East Midlands Railways advise avoiding rail travel on Friday – reduced services will operate

Storm Eunice is expected to hit the UK on Friday 18th February, bringing a period of strong wind that could cause significant disruption as it moves through the UK.

The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning for Wind across England with wind speeds of up to 90mph expected.

East Midlands Railways said:

‘We’re advising customers to complete their journeys on Thursday 17th February or Saturday 19th February if possible.

‘For those customers who do need to travel on Friday 18th February, we’re working alongside our colleagues at Network Rail and other Train Operators in preparation for the severe weather.’

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‘For everyone’s safety, our trains will be required to travel much slower than usual during the storm, which means we can run fewer trains on some routes and journey times will be significantly increased. Some journeys will take up to twice as long to complete.’

‘In addition to a reduction in the timetable, high winds present a risk of further short notice disruption caused by debris being blown onto the tracks, including trees and other forms of vegetation.

‘More seriously, trees that are blown down can hit overhead power lines, severing connections or in some cases knocking down masts entirely. Such incidents usually result in part of the railway being closed whilst teams work to remove fallen trees and fix railway infrastructure.’

There’s more information about how storms can impact the running of the railway here.

Timetable Changes

One train per hour will run between Sheffield and London St Pancras. Journey times are likely to be increased by up to 120 minutes.

One train per hour will run between Nottingham and London St Pancras. Journey times are likely to be increased by up to 90 minutes.

A shuttle service will run between Corby and Kettering to connect with services to London St Pancras.

EMR Connect services will be suspended on Friday 18th February. Intercity services will call additionally at Wellingborough and Bedford in their place.

For travel updates see EMR website.

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