National Rail advise passengers to travel only if necessary during storm Ciara

Storm Ciara could be the strongest storm in years and the powerful winds on the way has meant a rare amber weather warning being issued.

The deep area of low pressure will slam into the region through Sunday with 80 mph winds.

Forecastsers have warned the storm will be a danger to life as winds could damage buidlings, cause power cuts and damage costal properties from flooding.

As a result of the expected strong winds, speed restrictions are likely to be in place across the rail network. 

Where speed restrictions are imposed, journey times will be doubled and customers have been advised to travel only if necessary. 

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Avanti West Coast

The extended journey times also mean the number of trains Avanti West Coast can operate is significantly reduced.

An amended train service will operate, with an hourly service between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street.

London Northwestern Railway

All Liverpool Lime Street services on Crewe to Liverpool London Northwestern Railway will start from terminate at Liverpool South Parkway.

If the service is 8 carriages please remember that customers requiring mobility assistance should change at Runcorn.

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Timetables on the Chester & Ellesmere Port Merseyrail lines will change, with some services departing earlier or later.

Merseyrail said: “Planned engineering work on the Southport line will still go ahead, with rail replacement buses running between Sandhills and Formby stations.

“Passengers are advised to check our website or Twitter account @merseyrail before they travel for the latest service updates.

“Those who live near railways lines should ensure trampolines, gazebos or similar items are fixed in place, as they become airborne very easily in strong winds and can end up on the railway resulting in disruption.

“We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause.”

Full timetable changes can be read here

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