We’re being warned trains in and out of Eastbourne could be hit by Storm Doris today (23 February).
Network Rail has imposed speed restrictions across the Southern network owing to the predicted strong winds. Coastal routes will see a 50mph speed restriction in place between 8am-5pm, with the rest of network hit between 12noon-5pm. As a result, there will be changes to some Southern and Gatwick Express services, meaning delays and cancellations are possible on all routes south of East Croydon.
Andy Derbyshire, chief operating officer, Network Rail South East route, said, “Gale force winds are forecast on Thursday, so we’re putting a 50mph speed limit in place to limit the risk to passengers and staff should trees or other objects get blown onto the tracks.
“Your safety is our top priority, so thank you for your understanding and please check before you travel.”
Southern Passenger Services Director, Angie Doll said, “I'm sorry but these speed restrictions will mean that we won't be able to run our full service on some of our routes, with cancellations and delays likely across the Southern network.”