Don't travel from King's Lynn, Downham Market or Watlington by train on Monday and Tuesday because of red-hot conditions
Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Great Northern services to Downham and Lynn, is urging its customers to travel only if their journey is truly necessary on Monday and Tuesday because of the heatwave.
Great Northern will be running a significantly reduced service across all routes with speed restrictions in place. Trains that do run will be busy and travel is expected to be disrupted with a high chance of incidents that cause cancellations.
The Met Office has issued a Red Warning for extreme heat in London and to the north, and an Amber Warning for south of the capital. This means there is a substantial risk of disruption to the train service.
Govia Thameslink Railway chief operating officer Angie Doll said: “Please think carefully about your options and travel only if absolutely necessary on Monday and Tuesday.
“With the Met Office issuing warnings for extreme heat, speed restrictions are being put in place across our network to keep trains and passengers safe.
“This means we’ll have far fewer services for people to catch and there will also be at very real risk of substantial disruption. Even if you are able to travel in the morning, you may need to consider alternative ways to get home as a result.”
Trains listed in online journey planners such as www.nationalrail.co.uk will be updated on Sunday for Monday’s travel and on Monday for Tuesday.
Jake Kelly, Network Rail’s system operator group director, said: “Rail passengers in England and Wales should only travel if necessary on Monday and Tuesday as there will be delays and cancellations to train services due to the unprecedented heat we’re expecting.
“The wellbeing of our passengers is our first priority so we’re asking all passengers who decide to travel to take time to prepare before leaving the house. Remember to bring a water bottle with you, along with whatever else you need to keep yourself well in the heat. Water bottles can be refilled for free at most Network Rail’s managed stations.
“Journeys will take significantly longer and delays are likely as speed restrictions are introduced to keep passengers and railway staff safe, so make sure to allow considerably more time to complete your journey and be prepared for very hot conditions.
“We’re working closely with MetDesk to monitor forecasts and adapt our plans, and with our train operator colleagues to make sure we can get passengers who need to travel to their destinations safely.”