Severe thunderstorm warning leads to train speed restrictions

PUBLISHED: 15:50 31 May 2018

Lightning over Weston. Picture: Pete Skilton

Lightning over Weston. Picture: Pete Skilton

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A severe weather warning for Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset means speed restrictions are in place on the railway network tonight (Thursday).

The Met Office has an amber warning in place from 4pm today to 6am tomorrow, and says thunderstorms and torrential rain is likely.

A GWR spokesman said: “Network Rail is to introduce a blanket speed restriction across many parts of the Great Western network following an amber weather warning for heavy rain showers and thunderstorms.

“The speed restrictions are being put in place as a matter of precautionary safety for passengers and train staff, which will significantly impact GWR’s train service.

“Passengers are advised to travel as early as possible, to check before you travel and where possible consider changing your travel plans, as the situation is likely to deteriorate quickly.

“Ticket restrictions have been lifted allowing those with off-peak tickets to travel on-peak time services, and allowing customers who choose not to travel today to be able to do so tomorrow.

“Those who do need to travel are advised to expect late notice cancellations and delays to services where they can be provided.”

The Met Office is warning severe thunderstorms are likely to produce torrential downpours, flooding in some places and frequent lighting.

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