Train disruption ‘likely’ as Storm Dennis heads towards Britain

trees on the track
Credit: Network rail

Network Rail has reminded passengers to CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING this weekend as Storm Dennis sweeps across Britain.

Following Storm Ciara last weekend, Storm Dennis is forecast sweep across Britain this Saturday and Sunday.

The storm is likely to disrupt some rail journeys between London Euston, the West Midlands and Chilterns, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.

After last weekend’s storm, river levels are high; the ground is saturated and trackside trees have been weakened, this is why operators are advising passengers to check before travelling.

Last weekend teams of engineers worked to remove fallen trees and other debris from the railway.

Storm Dennis promises 70mph winds and further heavy rain.

Trains resume after flooding at kirkstall
Credit: Network Rail

In preparation, extra teams of engineers are being drafted in across North West and Central’s three routes:

  • North West route – Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria
  • Central route – West Midlands and Chiltern areas
  • West Coast Mainline South route – West Coast main line south of Crewe to London Euston

What did the officials say?

Jake Kelly, passenger director for Network Rail, said:

“Storm Ciara dumped a month and a half of rain on us last weekend, leaving ground waterlogged and rivers swollen.

“We had a lot of flooding in the North West and a lot of it disrupted the railway, for example at Todmorden and Caldew near Carlisle.

“With Storm Dennis set to bring more high winds and further rainfall this Saturday and Sunday, we’re preparing for more of the same.

“Our advice to passengers is: Please check before you travel at National Rail Enquires or with your train operator.

“That way you’ll have the very latest information and you’ll know what to expect.”

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