Disruption warning for rail passengers in East Hampshire ahead of Storm Brian’s arrival
RAIL passengers have been warned to expect delays to services when Storm Brian sweeps into East Hampshire tomorrow (Saturday).
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds for most of Saturday and inland there could be gusts of over 50mph throughout the day.
Network Rail has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to plan for possible travel disruption.
Passengers should check the status of the train they want to catch before they travel by visiting www.nationalrail.co.uk
Network Rail’s weather contingencies include the introduction of temporary speed restrictions to protect passengers and train crew from the effects of high winds, which can blow trees and other debris on to railway lines.
With trains running at a reduced top speed – typically around 50mph – drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.
Subject to change, temporary speed restrictions are planned to be in place this weekend between Petersfield and Portsmouth and other speed restrictions may be imposed as the storm develops.
People living near railway lines through East Hampshire are also being asked to ensure garden furniture, equipment and trampolines are secure and not at risk of being blown on to the tracks.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are keeping a close eye on Storm Brian and are doing everything we can to prepare for severe weather.
“We are deploying additional teams across the railway network to remove debris quickly and safely if we need to, and to keep passengers moving.”