Storm Eunice: Luton rail passengers advised not to travel on Friday

Strong winds and heavy rain expected to cause widespread disruption

By Steve Sims
Thursday, 17th February 2022, 4:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th February 2022, 4:48 pm

Rail passengers in Luton are being advised not to travel tomorrow (Friday) as Network Rail prepares to respond to Storm Eunice.

Additional, trained workers have been deployed at key locations across the region to respond to issues quickly, as strong winds and heavy rain are expected to cause widespread disruption for the railway.

Fallen trees and other debris can blow onto the line, with the potential to damage train-powering electric wiring or block the track. As the Met Office has issued a rare Red Weather Warning, trains will need to run at lower speeds to be safe - and services will be significantly reduced.

Tree fallen on overhead electric wires at St Albans

It comes on the back of damage to overhead lines in Luton and St Albans during Storm Dudley. Engineers will be going back to the site at St Albans tonight from around 11pm and working through the night to repair and secure the overhead lines before the worst of Storm Eunice.

Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail, said: “Running a railway through extreme weather is always a challenge. We have extra workers out on the network at key locations, ready to react quickly to Storm Eunice and repair the railway wherever it’s safe to do so. As the weather worsens I’d advise passengers to avoid travelling on Friday and, wherever possible, try to replan your journey when conditions improve.”