December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
Rush-hour travel across the region was disrupted by the storms, with wide-scale train cancellations underway.
There are major delays expected to Monday morning travel with all the main rail operators suspending services until at least 9am, but Greater Anglia announcing this morning that services would not resume until noon at the earliest.
Managers at Greater Anglia said the decision to stop rush hour services was taken on Sunday afternoon after discussions with Network Rail bosses.
A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “Customers are advised not to attempt to travel before noon and we are unable to provide replacement road transport.
“High winds are affecting areas across our network this morning and we expect these to continue to affect our network over the coming hours. We are currently checking all routes and have received initial reports of damage to overhead wires at various locations.
“From 10am we will look to run a reduced service on all lines but we expect there to be significant disruption to services when they resume and throughout the day.
“Customers with Greater Anglia tickets dated for travel on Monday 28 October can travel on Tuesday 29 October”
Passengers with Greater Anglia tickets for today will be able to use them tomorrow.”
In a statement, First Capital Connect, which runs services out of King’s Lynn, said: “In the interests of safety, Network Rail have advised us not to operate any trains on our network from midnight on Sunday until it is safe to do so, which is unlikely to be until after 9am on Monday morning. This measure will allow us to ensure that nothing is blocking the railway. Once trains resume, we will be operating a revised timetable with far fewer services and with extended journey times.”
On the roads the impact is minimal so far, although at 4.30am Norfolk police reported that a large tree was blocking the A1075 at Griston between Thetford & Watton, but this had been cleared by 6am. The force warned people to stay safe amid concerns the wind was due to get stronger.
Meanwhile, at 6.30am the A1066 at Shadwell near Thetford was closed in both directions following a one-vehicle crash. It is not yet known how serious.
Meanwhile, Konect Bus said on Twitter: “Konectbus and AnglianBus will aim to operate a normal service today. Some routes may have reduced capacity where a double decker has been substituted for a single decker. Passengers can receive the latest service updates via our Twitter pages.”
Mel Gray, facilities manager at Norwich International Airport, said: “At the moment we are operating as normal and passengers should continue their travel plans as normal.”
He said the airport was monitoring the weather and said if anything changes then details would be put on the airport’s website, www.norwichairport.co.uk
Bosses at Stansted Airport are advising people to check their flights before travel to find out if they are disrupted.
In London, Transport for London (TfL) said there was disruption to six Underground lines due to debris from the storm on the tracks.
The Bakerloo, Central, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly lines were all partially closed while workers removed fallen trees and other obstructions, a TfL spokesman said.
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