Local train operators warn "check before you travel" ahead of Storm Dennis

Train operators in our region are urging passengers to check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys this weekend.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast as storm Dennis is expected to hit us on Saturday and Sunday.

East Midlands Railway have said on their website: "Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding in some areas, which could lead to localised service disruption. Network Rail is taking measures to keep services running where possible and extra teams will be out over the weekend. In areas where severe flooding occurs, engineers will need to carry out safety inspections, test the signalling equipment and repair any damage.

"Strong winds of up to 60mph are also forecast this weekend. This can lead to potential obstructions on the tracks, such as debris or fallen trees. People who live near the railway are urged to clear away garden furniture and trampolines, which will help to prevent items blowing onto the railway. Wind can also cause damage to overhead line equipment, which is used to power trains.

"Passengers are strongly advised to check via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before travelling and allow more time for their journeys."

Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail's East Midlands Route, said: “I would like to reassure passengers across the East Midlands that we will have extra teams on hand this weekend to keep services moving.

“We are working closely with train operators to minimise any impact which Storm Dennis has as it does have the potential to bring some localised flooding and disruption to services.

“We strongly advise passengers to allow plenty of time for their journeys, as they may take longer than usual. People should also check via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before travelling.”

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