Rail commuters hit as train companies cancel services ahead of storm

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Rail commuters hit as train companies cancel services ahead of storm


Rail commuters have been warned by several train companies that services are likely to be cancelled or severely delayed on Monday morning due to stormy weather.

London Overground, First Capital Connect, Greater Anglia, South West Trains, Southern Railway and East Coast services are expected to be disrupted.

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South West Trains passengers have been told not to travel on Monday, with most services not running until at least 8am.

A reduced timetable will be in operation and trains will be limited to 50mph in high winds.



A South West Trains spokesperson told the BBC: "Our advice to passengers is very clear; don't travel unless it is absolutely necessary."

Greater Anglia, which serves Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, has suspended all services until 9am on Monday, and Southern has also said it is "highly unlikely" services will be running before 9am on Monday.

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Travellers have been told not to make rail journeys on the busiest day of the week for railways.

Airports have also warned of disruption. Heathrow Airport has warned passengers that flights could be affected tonight and tomorrow morning.



The Met Office has issued amber warnings of wind and yellow warnings of rain in Britain.

On its website, it says: "A developing storm is expected to reach the UK later on Sunday. This is expected to run northeastwards, across England and Wales during Monday, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.

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"We are expecting gusts of 60-70 mph widely and locally over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in the southwesterly winds ahead of the low centre and west to northwesterly winds behind it.

"20 to 40 mm of rain may fall within 6 to 9 hours, leading to localised flooding, especially where drainage is impeded by wind-blown debris."

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