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Storm Isha – Disruption expected across the EMR rail network Sunday 21 and Monday 22 January

This weekend, there are forecasted high winds across the UK due to Storm Isha, which will likely disrupt rail services.

EMR are working closely with Network Rail, monitoring the weather forecast and preparing to enable us to run a reliable service.

East Midlands Railway said:

‘We strongly recommend you check your full journey before travelling, and allow extra time to complete your journey as delays are likely on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 January. You can find out more information about the storm from the Met Office here .

‘There are forecasted high winds across the UK, and in particular across the East Midlands area. High wind speeds can cause significant damage to railway infrastructure and make it unsafe for trains to operate. You can learn more about how high winds and storms affect the railway here .

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‘Network Rail and EMR are monitoring the weather forecasts over the weekend to allow us to make decisions on whether speed restrictions are required to prevent damage to the network. Additionally, Network Rail have increased staffing levels across the network to be able to respond quickly to fallen trees, damaged fencing and overhead line equipment which commonly occurs during this type of weather incident.

‘After further assessment of the forecast, Network Rail has advised that speed restrictions will be in place across much of our network from 18:00 on Sunday 21 January, until 07:00 on Monday 22 January.’

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