Mustard video & Sunday evening update: Rail operators suspend services until 9am Monday morning

A Greater Anglia train at Norwich on the main line service to London Liverpool Street. Photo: Bill Smith A Greater Anglia train at Norwich on the main line service to London Liverpool Street. Photo: Bill Smith

Sunday, October 27, 2013
8:13 PM

Rail services on the mainline between Norwich and London are set to be suspended until at least 9am tomorrow as a result of the stormy weather.

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Wild seas at Walcott earlier this month.  Photo: Antony KellyWild seas at Walcott earlier this month. Photo: Antony Kelly

Managers at Greater Anglia said the decision to stop rush hour services was taken on Sunday afternoon after discussions with Network Rail bosses.

Other rail companies including First Capital Connect, which operates services between King’s Lynn and London, have also taken the decision.

Weather permitting, a reduced service will operate from 9am with speed restrictions in place, however customers are likely to experience disruption to journeys throughout the day.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “These plans are based on advise that high winds of up to 75mph are forecast across our region early on Monday morning. This presents a significant risk of falling trees/branches, damage to railway equipment and will severely limit our ability to safely and quickly respond to any incidents which may occur.

“We will be working with Network Rail throughout the night to ensure that the railway is open as soon as possible on Monday morning and that additional staff are deployed across the route.

“As soon as we are able we will run checks across all routes in order to ensure that services can run safely before we run any passenger services.”

Passengers with Greater Anglia tickets for today will be able to use them tomorrow.

In a statement, First Capital Connect 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.”

Meanwhile, Konect Bus said on Twitter: “If there are delays to particular routes we will tweet to our followers over the course of the day to keep them informed.”

Andrew Bell, chief executive at Norwich International Airport, said flights on Monday morning were dependent on the weather, and added: “The best advice is for people with flights to turn up and check in as normal, and to check our website - www.norwichairport.co.uk.”

8 comments

  • It's 03:43. I'm in Nuneaton and there's not even a breeze outside. Just rain.

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    LLCK

    Monday, October 28, 2013

  • Prevention is better than a cure. The wind is soon to hit, the transport operators have made the right decision but I think that the time they will start operating again is going to be beyond 9am. Of course people will moan about this but it's better they moan they can't commute rather than be stuck on a train because power lines have fallenfailed during their journey.

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    melalmighty

    Monday, October 28, 2013

  • Canuk, easy its called Health & Safety

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    che bramley

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • electric canuk

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    paf1

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • A plastic bag has been blown into my garden! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE! ROFL Met Office and media hysteria. Pathetic.

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    Disgusted of Norwich South

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • @Canuk Overhead electrification ?

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    Caliope

    Monday, October 28, 2013

  • When I worked for British Rail in Norwich in the 60's I cannot recall weather apart from snow one year causing the system to shutdown, and then only until the plow had cleared the drifts in a few cuttings. Could anyone tell me what has changed so much in the last 50 years??

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    canuk

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • Prevention is better than a cure. The wind is soon to hit, the transport operators have made the right decision but I think that the time they will start operating again is going to be beyond 9am. Of course people will moan about this but it's better they moan they can't commute rather than be stuck on a train because power lines have fallenfailed during their journey.

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    melalmighty

    Monday, October 28, 2013

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