December 6 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rail services on Greater Anglia’s network are likely to be suspended until 9am, the company announced today.
Managers will judge the state of the weather today to see when services can resume – but the decision to stop rush hour services was taken yesterday afternoon after discussions with Network Rail bosses.
Other rail companies in the south of England, including Southern and South Western Trains are taking similar decisions.
Weather permitting, a reduced service will operate from 9am with speed restrictions in place, however customers are likely to experience disruption to journeys throughout the day.
A spokeswoman for Greater Anglia said: “These plans are based on advise that high winds of up to 75mph are forecast across our region early on Monday morning.
“This 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.
“We will be working with Network Rail throughout the night to ensure that the railway is open as soon as possible on Monday morning and that additional staff are deployed across the route.
“As soon as we are able we will run checks across all routes in order to ensure that services can run safely before we run any passenger services.
“We will update our website (greateranglia.co.uk) and our Twitter feed (@greateranglia) throughout the morning with the latest advice and customers are strongly advised to check the latest travel information before setting out.
“Customers with Greater Anglia tickets dated for travel on Monday 28th October can travel on Sunday 27th and Tuesday 29th October. Customers with Advanced Purchase tickets dated for Sunday 27th are advised that restrictions on the time of travel are suspended.”