Storm Franklin: Rail passengers told ‘don’t travel’ by train because service is crippled

Hurricane Franklin is hitting the UK and National Railways has urged train passengers to avoid travel if possible while South West Railway has issued a do not travel notice

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A special notice at Charing Cross station informs passengers that all Southeast train services have been suspended due to extreme weather conditions on February 18, 2022 in London, England. The Met Office has issued two rare red weather warnings for the South and South West of England today as Cyclone Eunice makes landfall. Much of the rest of the UK is under an amber and yellow warning with winds up to 100 mph, rain and snow expected. It is the worst storm to hit the UK in three decades. (Photo by Leon Neal / Getty Images)
Rail passengers have been asked not to travel

Rail passengers this morning were told to “do not travel” by train as services across the UK were crippled by Hurricane Franklin.

The UK’s third unprecedented storm in a week brought gusts and heavy rain overnight and National Railways warned customers to “avoid travel if possible” on Monday.

Meanwhile Southwest Rail has issued a no-travel message following what it called “a series of subsequent incidents caused by high winds on Sunday evening”.

National Rail has warned anyone making the necessary journeys after services resumed with “major disruption” to routes “across most of the UK” expected. ” – includes cancellations, delays and slower speeds on board.

This comes after the Met Office issued an amber wind warning for Northern Ireland and a yellow wind warning for much of the rest of the UK as Hurricane Franklin moved in.

Follow the latest updates on the evolving Storm Franklin situation in our live blog

Forecasters warn that the south of the country will be particularly affected by stormy weather during the morning rush hour.

TransPennine Express (TPE) is advising customers to “avoid travel if possible”, especially those planning to travel north of Preston in Lancashire before 10am.

Speaking on Sunday night, TPE Operations Manager Paul Watson said: “Due to the effects of Hurricane Franklin, train services along the West Coast Main Road were disrupted.

Trees on the train track in Ifield, near Horsham in West Sussex


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“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and we are warning customers not to travel between Preston and Edinburgh/Glasgow until after 10am tomorrow.

“Anyone planning to travel by train today or before 10am tomorrow can choose to postpone their trip or request a refund.”

The operator said any running services are expected to be “very busy”.

Great Western Railway (GWR) also reiterated its call for customers to travel only “if absolutely necessary” as services are expected to experience “significant network-wide disruption” on Monday.

National Rail said: “Please check before you travel if you plan to use train service today or on Monday.

“Bad weather conditions can cause flooding and any trees that have been weakened by Typhoon Eunice could fall.

“As conditions worsen, speed limits may be introduced to ensure you can travel safely.”

National Railways said the following train operators will be affected

– Avanti . West Coast

– c2c

– Caledonian Sleeper

– Chiltern Railway

– Transnational

– Eastern Midlands Railway

– Wonderful North

– Great Western Railway

– Greater Anglia

– Heathrow Express

– North West London Railway


– Northern

– ScotRail

– South East

– Southern

– Southwest Railway

– Stansted Express

– Thameslink

– TransPennine Express

– Shipping for Wales

– West Midland Railway

In a statement, Southwestern Railway added: “Following a series of subsequent incidents caused by high winds on Sunday evening, SWR is urging customers not to travel on Monday.

“While we’re working hard to run as many services as safely as possible, strong winds and the 50 mph speed limit will cause delays and cancellations throughout the day. also anticipate further line disruptions due to fallen trees, with weather conditions likely to hinder efforts to help stranded customers.Sorry, we cannot guarantee that Alternative travel services will be offered during this challenging time.

“Tickets booked on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be accepted on Tuesday.

“Since winds above 90 mph on Friday, Network Rail has cleared more than 50 fallen trees from the Southwest Railroad area. Wind and heavy rain Sunday night caused more trees to block the line and further damage stations and infrastructure.

“With the wind direction expected to change, there is a good chance that more trees will fall during Hurricane Franklin, which has weakened over the past two days.”

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