Rail industry services update
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which speaks on behalf of the rail industry, said: “We apologise to passengers whose journeys to join family and friends over the festive period have been affected by the bad weather yesterday and today.
“Strong winds have damaged overhead wires and brought down more than 80 trees onto lines, and some parts of the network have been flooded overnight. Rail staff have been working round the clock to clear tracks but many services have started later than planned to ensure repairs can be completed and blockages removed so that trains can run safely. As the stormy weather subsides, a growing number of train companies are running services although delays will be likely on many routes.
“We will continue to keep passengers up to date with information and advice. Many operators have lifted ticket restrictions, and the industry's key focus will be to get people where they need to be for Christmas. Anyone planning to travel should still check the National Rail Enquiries website or speak to their train company for the latest information."