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Storm Ciara hits Surrey and Hampshire

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Storm Ciara hits Surrey and Hampshire

Published at 6:00am 9th February 2020. (Updated at 9:16am 9th February 2020)

We're being advised to check before we travel as storm Ciara arrives in Surrey and Hampshire today (9 February). 

Network Rail say severe disruption is likely for South Western Railway due to the strong winds.

As a result of the potential danger from fallen trees and other debris landing on the railway, a 50mph speed restriction on trains has been planned to cover every line in the Region, which includes lines heading to the coast from London Waterloo, London Victoria, London Charing Cross and London Bridge.

Southern Region managing director John Halsall said they're going to be working as hard as they can to keep trains running on Sunday:

"With staff on standby across our region to tackle fallen trees and other debris, but these wind speeds really are extraordinary and we have to keep people safe.

"There will be disruption and I urge people to please check before they travel.”

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of South Western Railway, said they're working with Network Rail and other operators to minimise the impact to passengers:

“Storm Ciara could cause disruption to our services on Sunday, with wind speeds of up to 70mph expected.

"So as a precaution, and for the safety of our passengers, Network Rail has put in place speed restrictions across our network.

“We’re working hard with Network Rail, and other operators, to minimise the impact to passengers and ensure lines are safe from fallen trees and other debris.

“Depending on the impact of the storm, disruption may continue into early Monday morning."

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