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East Midlands Railway warns not to travel over ‘major disruption’ to services as Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice hit

Train passengers have been urged not to travel over ‘major disruption’ caused by the stormy weather.

In a series of tweets, East Midlands Railway (EMR) encouraged passengers not to travel on Friday (February 16).

It comes in the wake of Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice and delays and disruption have been caused due to overhead wires in Luton.

In one tweet, EMR said: “Please consider travelling tomorrow, we have major disruption for the rest of the evening and we may be unable to get you to your destination.

“Tickets from today are valid to travel tomorrow and refunds will be available if you choose not to travel.”

And the company added: “For everyone’s safety, trains will run at a much slower speed during the storm on Friday.

“Fewer trains will run and some journeys will take up to twice as long.

“We strongly encourage you to travel Thursday or Saturday to minimise disruption to your journey.”

Some people took to Twitter to say passengers had been stranded in London.

There has been disruption to services operating from London to Nottingham/Sheffield, with damage to the overhead electric wires near Luton.

Network Rail are currently investigating the extent of the damage.

In a tweet at 6.34pm, EMR said a tree which had caught fire had closed all lines south of Luton.

The first weather warning, yellow for wind, was been issued from 3pm on Wednesday, February 16.

Wind gusts in Nottingham were predicted to reach 47mph through the day, the Met Office said.

Storm Dudley is expected to bring a spell of very strong winds and a risk of disruption later on Wednesday and into the small hours of Thursday, February 17.

The Met Office said: “Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible, as well as some roads and bridges may close.

“Fallen trees and some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen.

“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“There is a chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris, as well as large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”

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