Network Rail and train operators in the East Midlands are urging passengers to check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys this weekend, as heavy rain and strong winds are forecast on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 February.
Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding in some areas, which could lead to localised service disruption. Network Rail is taking measures to keep services running where possible and extra teams will be out over the weekend. In areas where severe flooding occurs, engineers will need to carry out safety inspections, test the signalling equipment and repair any damage.
Strong winds of up to 60mph are also forecast this weekend. This can lead to potential obstructions on the tracks, such as debris or fallen trees. People who live near the railway are urged to clear away garden furniture and trampolines, which will help to prevent items blowing onto the railway. Wind can also cause damage to overhead line equipment, which is used to power trains.
Passengers are strongly advised to check via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before travelling and allow more time for their journeys.
Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail's East Midlands Route, said: “I would like to reassure passengers across the East Midlands that we will have extra teams on hand this weekend to keep services moving.
“We are working closely with train operators to minimise any impact which Storm Dennis has as it does have the potential to bring some localised flooding and disruption to services.
“We strongly advise passengers to allow plenty of time for their journeys, as they may take longer than usual. People should also check via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before travelling.”
Passengers are also reminded that Network Rail is continuing with work as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade this weekend. This means that there are some planned changes to services.
On Saturday, 15 February, the line between Leicester and Bedford will be closed and on Sunday, 16 February, the line between Leicester and Luton will be closed. On both days, no trains will be able to run between Kettering and Corby. Coach replacement services will be running on the affected routes. Passengers are urged to check their journey ahead of time via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.