Passengers urged to plan ahead with Storm Ciarán set to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall

01 November 2023

Storm Ciarán is expected to cause significant disruption to train services across the south-east of England on Thursday 2 November, with a risk of disruption late evening on Wednesday 1 November through until the morning of Friday 3 November.

Stormy weather can severely impact the railway, with journey delays and cancellations.

  • High winds can mean trains have to run at slower speeds than usual to operate safely.
  • Strong winds can bring down trees and other debris that block tracks and damage power lines.
  • Heavy rainfall can cause flooding that results in tracks being underwater and embankments being damaged.
  • Flooding can affect points and electrical systems.

Check before you travel:

Please check your whole journey before you travel on Wednesday 1, Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November as trains may be altered in advance or at short notice. The National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner has been updated with some advance alterations but you are advised to check your whole journey before you travel on the day.

Ticket validity and refunds:

If your ticket is dated for Thursday 2 November, you will be able to use it for travel today (Wednesday 1 November), or Friday 3 November instead. This applies to Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets.

Refunds: If you choose not to make your journey because of Storm Ciaran and have purchased a single or return ticket (including Advance tickets) dated for travel on Thursday 2 Nov, you have the option to cancel your journey and get a full fee free refund.

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