Rail commuters will continue to face travel disruptions on Monday with cancellations and delays after Storm Isha tore through the UK bringing warnings of possible tornadoes and “danger-to-life”.
Rush-hour trains have been mostly cancelled as the storm, with gusts up to 90mph, caused further delays and disruptions for rail, air, and sea travellers.
The Network Rail imposed a 50mph speed restriction across most routes to keep passengers and trains safe from falling trees and debris blown onto tracks. It stopped all freight and passenger services until Monday morning.
Scotland’s railway operator has cancelled all of its morning rush-hour trains and services may not begin running until later on Monday.
“Teams will begin recovery work during daylight, with each route being inspected for damage, flooding or potential safety issues before being able to safely reopen for passenger services to resume,” the operator announced.
The London North Eastern Railway (LNER), which runs on the East Coast main line from London to and from northern Scotland, will not operate north of Newcastle until midday on Monday with more disruptions expected throughout the day. Customers with tickets dated 21 and 22 January can defer travel till 25 January, it said.
The East Midlands Railways said it was expecting to run a “normal service” on Monday but the line between Crewe and Stoke on Trent would be shut in the morning due to repairs to the track.
“If you were unable to travel last night, your ticket will be valid to travel today,” it said.
Avanti West Coast warned rail passengers not to travel unless it was necessary. Trains to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh will start from 9am, it said.
“If you postponed your journey on Sunday 21 January, your original ticket will be valid for travel on Monday 22 or Tuesday 23 January. Alternatively, you can get a fee-free refund from your point of purchase,” the operator said.
The TransPennine Express network said train services would remain disrupted until midday with more cancellations and delays to follow.
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