Brighton and Hove passengers warned that storm force winds may cause train delays tonight and tomorrow

Posted On 07 Feb 2016 at 8:42 pm

Train passengers from Brighton and Hove have been warned to expect delays because of storm force winds this evening (Sunday 7 February) and tomorrow morning (Monday 8 February).

The high winds, of up to 70mph, may even cause knock-on delays into the evening rush hour.

The train operator Southern said: “Speed restrictions to be introduced from 9pm until 3am today (Sunday 7 February) and from 11am on Monday 8 February as high winds are expected to hit the railway.

“Network Rail’s specialist engineers are preparing to deploy across the network to inspect lines and repair any damage as quickly as possible.

“Due to the severe weather conditions forecast for today and Monday 8 February, speed restrictions will be in operation on some routes from 9pm today until 3am and 11am on Monday 8 February as a safety precaution.

“It is highly likely there will be delays this evening due to the predicted forecast.

“We plan to run our Monday morning service as advertised. However, passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling as disruption to services, including the morning and evening peak, is high likely.

“Passengers are being advised to expect delays and disruption as forecasters are predicting winds in excess of 70mph across the South Coast on Monday.

“With the strength of the winds expected, railway infrastructure could be damaged as severe winds can blow debris and trees on to tracks and damage equipment and signals.”

Network Rail said: “We will be monitoring the weather conditions throughout the day and have specialist teams ready to deploy quickly to deal with any issues caused by the storm.

“We are working closely with our industry partners to reduce disruption as much as possible while also operating a safe network for passengers.

“Our advice to passengers is to check before you travel on Monday, using National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.”

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