With temperatures expected to reach up to 40°C in London and the surrounding area and the mid-30s in the western parts of the rail network. Network Rail will be introducing speed restrictions across the network and has urged customers to only travel if absolutely necessary. They have had to introduce a reduced service given the increase in journey times because of the speed restrictions, in order to try and provide a level of certainty about what trains will run.
Extreme heat to cause rail disruption across SWR network
- Met Office red weather warning as temperatures forecast to reach up to 40°C
- Rail customers across country urged to only travel if absolutely necessary
- Speed restrictions to protect safety will cause cancellations and delays on SWR mainline and service reductions
- Customers who have to travel urged to check journey planners
The speed restrictions will particularly affect the mainline services, with long-distance services to Exeter, Salisbury, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Southampton and Portsmouth most likely to be impacted.
Service changes are likely to appear in journey planners at short notice, so anyone who chooses to travel despite the warnings is urged to check their journey before setting off and to expect last minute delays and cancellations.
Customers are also urged to carry water with them, to cover up and to wear sunscreen when travelling.
Commenting, SWR’s Customer Experience Director, Christian Neill, said:
“These unprecedented temperatures will pose a significant challenge to the national railway infrastructure and we’re sorry for the impact they will have on our services on Monday and Tuesday.”
“Network Rail is urging customers to only travel if absolutely necessary and anyone who has to travel should expect longer journey times, short-notice cancellations and disruption.”
“We are working on a reduced timetable that provides certainty for our customers, but changes are likely to come at relatively short notice, so if you do choose to travel, please check your journey as close to your time of travel as possible.”
“To help customers, SWR is allowing people with tickets for travel on its services on Monday and Tuesday to travel on Wednesday and Thursday instead.”
“If you choose to delay your travel, please note that the original ticket restrictions will still apply. If you are using an Advance Purchase ticket, please travel as close to the original departure time as possible or make use of Book With Confidence.”