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STORM LATEST: Train company advises people not to travel
4:54pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
ANDOVER'S train operator South West Trains is urging people to stay at home tomorrow as the country comes to terms with the impact of possible 90mph winds.
Forecasters have increased the predicted the ferocity of the gust speeds to as much as 90mph and the train company has had to respond.
In a statement the company said -
'We are advising passengers not to travel tomorrow (Monday 28 October 2013) as weather forecasters warn of hurricane-force winds and heavy rain across the south of the country.
We will be operating a significantly reduced timetable on Monday, with the majority of services not expected to run until at least 0800. Across the network, trains will run at a maximum of 50mph as a safety measure in case of obstructions on the tracks. This will result in extended journey times on services.
Maintenance teams are checking high-risk sites to carry out work to reduce the impact from flooding and fallen trees. Extra staff are also being deployed at key locations across the network to help keep trains running. Test trains will run from early in the morning to check routes are safe to operate.
The alterations to services are designed to maintain safety across the network, give passengers greater certainty on what trains will be running, and help avoid knock-on disruption.
The West of England service through Andover is expected to operate a reduced service.
Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo – A two hourly service will operate between Exeter St Davids and Salisbury with an hourly service operating between London Waterloo and Salisbury
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