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West Norfolk train operator issues 'don't travel' plea as Storm Eunice batters network

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West Norfolk's main train operator has advised passengers not to travel at all for the rest of the day as the area bears the brunt of Storm Eunice.

Great Northern has updated its guidance, urging travellers to abandon their travel plans and stay at home.

There is better news for bus passengers as Lynx says its services are continuing to run as normal in West Norfolk, though First has suspended its services through Lynn.

Great Northern has urged passengers to abandon travel plans for the rest of today.
Great Northern has urged passengers to abandon travel plans for the rest of today.

Great Northern says tickets for travel today will be accepted on services on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

But passengers are still being advised to travel later tomorrow if they can and a social media post a short time ago said the company doesn't expect to resume services until tomorrow at the earliest.

In an updated statement on its website this afternoon, the firm said: "If you have not yet travelled to the station or are able to do so then abandon your journey, follow the Met Office advice and stay at home.

"If you are waiting at a station, please see if you can return home and travel on another day.

"Very strong winds are affecting the railway. These are causing major damage and obstructions.

"The situation is changing regularly as trees fall and objects are blown onto the lines, in most areas no service is able to run.

"If you've already travelled, you should consider your options to for making a return journey without using the trains. We do not expect all of our lines to reopen today.

"Replacement transport will not be able to run due to the weather conditions."

Passengers with tickets for travel today can also apply for a fee-free refund if they are unable to use services over the next few days.

On the buses, Lynx say their services are operating normally and updates will be issued on its website and social media channels as required.

But First has suspended its Excel service, which runs through Lynn and Swaffham on its routes between Norwich and Peterborough.

The company says the situation will be reviewed at 4pm this afternoon.

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