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Storm Eunice wreaks havoc with transport networks

Train operators across Britain urged passengers to avoid travelling on Friday as an emergency 50mph speed restriction is in place in many areas.

18 February 2022

People are being urged to postpone travel plans as Storm Eunice wreaks havoc with transport networks.

Train operators across Britain urged passengers to avoid travelling on Friday as emergency 50mph speed limits are in place in many areas.

This is to make it easier for train drivers to brake if they spot objects on the track or damage to overhead wires caused by strong winds.

Great Western Railway warned that it expects to “significantly reduce” the number of long-distance services it runs, while the main line through South Wales and some branch lines in Devon and Cornwall will be closed.

Among the firms advising customers not to travel on Friday include Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Great Northern, London North Eastern Railway, Southern and Thameslink.

Network Rail staff worked to reopen lines hit by Storm Dudley earlier this week.

Roads were also expected to be treacherous on Friday.

The AA said on Thursday it was “experiencing a very high demand” for its breakdown rescue services.

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