April 24 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Some trains have been cancelled and other services will run at reduced speeds as forecasters warn that high winds and heavy rain are expected to hit Norfolk over the coming days.
People are being encouraged to take care while travelling over the festive period, with gusts of up to 70mph expected from this afternoon through to the early hours of tomorrow.
Phil Garner, forecaster at Norwich-based Weatherquest, said a front from the west could bring severe conditions.
“There will be rain from around 9am but it will pick up in the afternoon before clearing into the evening.
“In the latter part of the day we expect it to be very windy, with gusts of up to 60mph and anything up to 70mph on the coast tomorrow evening,” he said.
Mr Garner also warned that the wind will increase the risk of falling trees and structural damage.
Despite the weather, the risk of flooding is low, according to the Environment Agency.
Greater Anglia has announced that on Monday trains will operate at slower from 6pm until the end of the day.
A spokesman said: “These speed restrictions will limit the number of trains that we can run, particularly during the evening rush hour and customers who are able to do so are strongly advised to complete their journeys early. We will publish full details of the reduced evening rush hour service on Monday.”
On Christmas Eve the company does not expect to run any trains on any routes across the network until 10am to allow them to run train at low speed along each line in daylight in order to check for damage to overhead wires and/or any debris from the storm.
The spokesman added: “This will ensure that we can safely run trains and we will update customers throughout Tuesday morning as lines reopen. Customers are advised not to travel until 10am and to check their line is open prior to setting out.”
Customers with tickets dated for travel on Christmas Eve can use them to travel on Monday. In addition, customers with Advanced Purchase tickets timed after 3pm on Monday can travel earlier in the day.
Other train operators are expecting disruption to their services so customers travelling beyond our network should check the latest at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Contact: National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.
Norfolk police advised motorists to allow extra time for their journeys because of trees which may have fallen during the night.
In other parts of the country, winds are expected to be stronger and there are warnings that the transport network could be brought to its knees.
The south-west of England and parts of Scotland are expected to be worst hit.
Robin Gisby, for Network Rail, said: “Our fundamental concern over the next 48 hours is to get everyone where they want to be for Christmas. It won’t be an easy task given the forecast conditions and disruption is likely - but I want to be very clear that our priority is running as many trains as we can safely, rather than worrying about hitting the timetable bang on.”