We and train operators have upgraded our travel advice to do not travel on services heading north out of London into the weather warning ‘red zone’.
East Midlands Railway is only running very limited services between Derby, Nottingham, Luton, Bedford and London, which will stop altogether during the hottest part of the day (lunchtime to 19:00).
The extreme heat has heavily impacted services, with buckled rails reported and overhead wire systems failing.
A new record rail temperature of 62 degrees was recorded in Suffolk on Monday.
High temperatures overnight – with no lull to enable the railway to cool down enough – added to the pressure.
This will mean speed restrictions to keep you safe by preventing damage to the rail – and even derailments.
If you have tickets for Avanti West Coast services dated Tuesday 19 July and choose not to travel, you are entitled to a full refund via your point of purchase.
Alternatively, your tickets will be valid on Wednesday 20 or Thursday 21 July, with similar arrangements in place for other operators