Weather update - 2pm Tuesday 21st December21/12/2010
Snow and icy conditions are causing disruption on parts of the railway today, but the majority of the network continues to hold up well. While some operators are running amended timetables, as at 1pm, 92% of scheduled services are running across the country.
The most notable incident today has been on the East Coast main line where damage to overhead power cables south of Peterborough has meant that most services that use King’s Cross station are heavily disrupted.
However, alternative routes are available to passengers wanting to travel, and across the country almost all other rail routes remain open with most services getting in on time. Many operators have lifted ticket restrictions, and East Coast tickets are being accepted on alternative routes, although East Coast passengers are advised to postpone their journey until tomorrow if possible.
Robin Gisby, said: “I must apologise to passengers using services on the East Coast today. I have scores of engineers on site fixing the overhead power lines and I expect some limited services to resume later this evening and a full restoration for the morning.”
Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, said: “Across the country, the vast majority of trains have continued to run and most have arrived on time. However, there has been disruption today and we apologise to any passengers who have had trouble getting to where they want to go.
“Network Rail and train companies will continue to work flat out through the coming days and nights to keep as many services running as possible in the run-up to Christmas. The whole industry is pulling together to get people to their destinations.”
Passengers should go to the National Rail Enquiries website or call the dedicated snow hotline on 08453 017 641 for the most up-to-date information on their services. They can also:
- Follow National Rail Enquiries on Twitter @nationalrailenq or your train company here.
- Like NRE’s dedicated Facebook disruption page, or the page for your train company from the list here.
- Call NRE’s automated TrainTracker service on 0871 200 49 50, which will give passengers up-to-date information about their services
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