East Midlands Trains is running a reduced service to and from London St Pancras today (Monday) as a result of the predicted adverse weather conditions across the country.
The Met Office is forecasting stormy conditions with heavy rain and high winds of about 70mph, which are also expected to affect other train operators and transport networks.
Network Rail has advised that there will be speed restrictions in place for services between London St Pancras and Leicester this afternoon and throughout the evening.
As a result, East Midlands Trains will operate a significantly reduced service to and from London St Pancras from 2.30pm today.
This will reduce the service to two trains an hour out of London St Pancras and extend journey times.
For the amended timetable go to http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/information/media/Disruption-Information/Bad-weather-forecast-for-Monday-23-December/
A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: “Transport networks across the country are expected to be affected by the severe weather later today.
“We are strongly urging our customers to bring forward their journeys to travel prior to the evening peak if possible.
“The worst of the weather is expected later in the day and we expect to be able to run only a very limited service during the evening peak and throughout the night.
“Our advice to passengers is also to check the latest travel advice, and take extra time and care for trips.
“Along with Network Rail, we are monitoring the weather forecast closely to ensure we put the safety of customers and our staff first.
“We have relaxed ticket restrictions to help people travel at different times and we working with Network Rail to make sure everyone gets home for Christmas as safely and quickly as possible.”
Passengers are advised to travel early if possible and to avoid travelling during the evening peak and tonight if possible.
Tickets dated for Monday, December 23, are valid for travel at any time today and tomorrow (December 24).
Advance purchase tickets can be used on alternative services than originally booked.
Customers who decide not to travel can apply for a refund from East Midlands Trains customer services.
The latest up-to-date advice for customers is available at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and on Twitter @EMTrains