Storm Doris expected to hit Southern Rail network

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Speed restrictions have been imposed on Southern coastal routes today in anticipation of gale force winds from Storm Doris.

A 50mph speed restriction will be in place between 8am and 5pm on coastal routes, and 12pm and 5pm on the rest of the Southern network, a spokesperson announced yesterday.

Delays and cancellations are expected on all routes south of East Croydon, the spokesperson said.

Andy Derbyshire, chief operating officer Network Rail South East route, said: “Gale force winds are forecast on Thursday, so we’re putting a 50mph speed limit in place to limit the risk to passengers and staff should trees or other objects get blown onto the tracks.

“Your safety is our top priority, so thank you for your understanding and please check before you travel.”

Angie Doll, southern passenger services director, said: “I’m sorry but these speed restrictions will mean that we won’t be able to run our full service on some of our routes, with cancellations and delays likely across the Southern network.”

Passengers are advised to check before travelling for the latest information about the service.

Visit www.southernrailway.com for a service summary.

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