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No King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Watlington Great Northern trains on Tuesday 19 July due to extreme heat





More heatwave misery for West Norfolk train passengers as there will be no Great Northern rail service today anywhere north of London.

The route between Cambridge and Lynn, originally set to be a shuttle service, will close because of track which buckled in Monday's extreme heat.

As a result, there will be no Great Northern trains running in any location north of London King's Cross.

Heatwave (57968096)
Heatwave (57968096)

The closures are a safety decision as the level of heat expected today is beyond the safe design limits of the track.

Thameslink and Great Northern customer services director Jenny Saunders said: “Due to extreme temperatures having a severe impact on railway infrastructure, there will be no Thameslink or Great Northern services north of London Blackfriars on Tuesday.

"We’re really sorry for the inconvenience this may cause but our number one priority will always be the safety of our passengers.

Longer trains will be operating between King's Lynn station (pictured) and Cambridge from December 2020 (57491196)
Longer trains will be operating between King's Lynn station (pictured) and Cambridge from December 2020 (57491196)

"Customers can use tickets for Tuesday on the following two days instead or get a refund or claim compensation."

Heatwave reaches Norfolk (58015679)
Heatwave reaches Norfolk (58015679)

Today is likely to be the UK's hottest day on record with highs of up to 42C (107.6F).

A high of 38.1C was reached in Suffolk on Monday, just short of the UK record of 38.7C set in 2019.



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