In what could be a repeat of the severe gales that brought down trees and powerlines across East Anglia 28 October, train operator Greater Anglia has made preparations to deal with gale force winds expected to cross the area Monday evening 23/12 into Tuesday morning 24/12.
The Met Office has issued yellow and amber warnings for high winds and heavy rain. The deteriorating weather conditions will mean rail services on the Greater Anglia network (including the East Suffolk Lines) will be restricted to top speeds of 50mph from 18:00 Monday 23/12 until the end of the day. The will cause some services to be delayed with increased journey times. On the mainline (Norwich – Ipswich – London Liverpool Street) this will mean far fewer trains travelling.
Greater Anglia is working closely with track operator Network Rail and on Monday morning 24/12 comprehensive checks will be made looking for any debris across the lines. This could involve running empty trains at first light and at low speed to ensure all is safe for passengers to travel. Based on the forecasted high winds morning services are expected to be impacted.
Realtime information on East Suffolk Lines services is available on our website. For the latest information on how services across the network are affected see greateranglia.co.uk. There is also a Twitter feed (@greateranglia). Alternatively you can call National Rail Enquiries ar 08457 48 49 50.
You are advised to check the latest travel information before setting out.