Network Rail has issued a weather warning for across the North West and Cumbria, advising passengers to check before they travel.
Torrential rain from Storm Christoph risks causing flooding on the West Coast main line, routes in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria over the next 48 hours.
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From 4pm on January 19, speed restrictions will be put into place for safety. Over the coming days some routes made need to be entirely closed to trains.
Specialist Network Rail weather forecasters are monitoring the railway network closely to deploy frontline teams to respond to any incidents as soon as they happen.
Passengers who still need to travel during this period of national lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 are being advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest on the worsening weather and how that could impact their essential journey.
Phil James, managing director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “We have been preparing for the arrival of Storm Christoph for several days and our extreme weather action teams are ready to respond to any incidents of flooding wherever they happen to keep passengers safe.
“I’d urge anyone who must travel for the reasons set out by government over the next few days to check National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before setting off so they know exactly what to expect.”
Ground in the North of England is very wet from sustained heavy rain and with more on the way there is an increased risk of landslips and flooding.
Passengers are being advised that journeys will take longer than normal during the bad weather.
People should also check www.nationalrail.co.uk or with their train operator before they travel.
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