TRAINS in West Sussex will not run until at least 9am tomorrow morning because of the storm set to hit the UK (October 28).
Southern Rail has announced it will not be running services until the storm has passed.
A statement by the rail firm said: “We have closely monitored the storm that is approaching which we now expect to reach and affect our region between 1am and 9am tomorrow.
“We are advised that there is a strong likelihood that this will mean that trees and other debris may fall on and obstruct railway lines.
“We have worked closely with Network Rail, which has declared that while there is an immediate safety risk of fallen trees obstructing lines, no passenger services should run.
“As a result of this, we will not be running any services tomorrow until the storm has passed our region, and Network Rail has been able to assess any damage from the storm and confirm that lines are clear of debris.
“It is therefore highly unlikely that we will run any services before at least 9am tomorrow morning and even when we are cleared to run, the first services will be very disjointed given the difficulties in getting trains and their crew to the right locations.
“Along with Network Rail, we have worked hard to make contingency plans, but in the interests of safety, this difficult decision has been made.
“We will therefore focus our efforts on providing a service as soon as we can tomorrow morning, but we anticipate that this will be a difficult and disruptive start to the week for our passengers.”
Visit www.southernrailway.com for updates, or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.