Rail passengers told to check before travelling

Rail passengers are being urged to check for service alterations this weekend.
Rail passengers are being urged to check for service alterations this weekend.

Rail passengers are being urged to check for travel updates before planning any journeys this weekend because of predicted heavy snowfall.

East Midlands Trains says it is planning to run a normal service tomorrow (Friday, January 18) but this may change at late notice.

Passengers using trains tomorrow and over the coming weekend (January 19 and 20) have been advised to check ahead of travel after forecasters predicted severe weather conditions with an estimated five to 15cm of snow on parts of the East Midlands Trains network.

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: “There are a number of different ways passengers can find information about their East Midlands Trains service.

“They include checking the East Midlands Trains Website at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk, subscribing to East Midlands Trains Twitter updates at @EMTrains, visiting the National Rail Enquiries (NRE) website, www.nationalrail.co.uk, or phoning NRE’s automated train tracker service on 0871 2004950.”

Neil Micklethwaite, customer service and commercial director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Whilst we are hopeful of running our full service tomorrow, we are conscious that some very severe weather conditions have been predicted, with snow and sub-zero temperatures.

“We put a huge amount of planning into preparing for the bad weather to keep our services running for customers. However, as with any form of transport, there are times when it will have an impact on the service we can operate.”