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Train and power firms preparing for arrival of Storm Ciara

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There is a further warning for rail passengers in West Norfolk to expect disruption to journeys tomorrow because of high winds from Storm Ciara.

Yesterday, Network Rail said it was preparing for the prospect of damage to the network from winds which could gust up to 70 miles per hour.

Now, the area's main train operator, Great Northern, says it expects a reduced speed limit of 50 miles per hour to be imposed on services, meaning many trains won't run.

Weather warning for wind (28629771)
Weather warning for wind (28629771)

The company isn't yet advising passengers not to travel between Lynn and London, though that message has been given to people intending to use Thameslink services from Peterborough to the capital.

But managing director Tom Moran said: “We are putting passengers first, and thinking of their safety given the extreme weather forecast.

“There is a high risk of disruption right across our network, and we are having to reduce our service.

“We’ll have extra managers on the ground to help and will be running trains over much of the network in the early hours of Monday morning to check the routes are clear.

“However, there may still be disruption on Monday morning and I would urge commuters to check before they travel."

Meanwhile, UK Power Networks says it is bringing in extra staff to make sure it is able to respond to any losses of supply across the region.

Head of customer services and innovation Ian Cameron said: “We understand how difficult is to be without electricity, especially during cold weather, and will do our best to restore supplies quickly if they are affected.

“Keeping people safe and fixing power cuts is our priority, so if you see any damaged power lines our advice is to stay away, keep everyone clear and call us on 105.

“We ask people to make sure they are prepared at home too. We provide free extra help to people living in vulnerable circumstances, who are on our Priority Services Register.”

Details on eligibility and how to register can be found at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

A yellow Met Office weather warning for strong winds remains in place across most of the country, though the level was raised to amber in parts of southern England yesterday.

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