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Train services to London have been hit by the overnight storms which hit the UK.

There are no train services between Bedford and London on Monday, October 28, as a result of overhead line damage caused by stormy conditions across the south of the country.

Reduced services are operating on several rail networks as some of the most extreme weather for many years has hit southern England.

Network Rail has advised that the line between Luton and London St Pancras will not re-open for the remainder of the day.

Following this morning’s storm, Network Rail carried out an examination of the line during which significant damage was discovered to overhead lines in the Radlett area which will have to be repaired before train services can be restored.

Several trees were also found to have fallen on the line as a result of strong winds.

As a result, East Midlands Trains will not run any trains in or out of London St Pancras International for the rest of the day, with a reduced train service starting and terminating at Bedford.

As a result, the train company is advising passengers not to attempt to travel to London until Tuesday, October 29.

Other rail operators are also unable to run services in and out of London and no alternative travel is available.

All other local East Midlands Trains services are running as normal.

Customers with Advance Purchase tickets dated Monday, October 28, may travel on Tuesday, October 29, or Wednesday, October 30, or are entitled to a refund.

All customers are advised to check the latest travel information and allow extra time for their journeys.

The latest up-to-date advice for customers is available at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and on Twitter @EMTrains.

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: “Network Rail has advised that there is significant overhead line damage in the Radlett area which has been caused by high winds.

“As a result, no trains are expected to operate in or out of London St Pancras Station for the rest of the day.

“We are extremely sorry for the disruption this will cause our customers. However, safety is always our absolute priority.

“Like other transport operators, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and we are working closely with Network Rail to ensure we put the safety of customers and our staff first.

“We are also advising passengers to take extra care during their journeys, plan ahead by checking the latest travel information and allow extra time to complete their trips.”

Meanwhile, in Kettering, motorists took it upon themselves to move traffic cones near the railway bridge in Rothwell Road.

The cones were preventing motorists driving up Rothwell Road away from Kettering.

The large volume of rain had also dislodged a nearby manhole cover in Rothwell Road.

 

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