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Storm Ciara: Greater Anglia warns disruption on railways could last until Monday evening

Greater Anglia has warned that disruption in the aftermath of Storm Ciara could last until 8pm on Monday (February 10).

A Greater Anglia train
A Greater Anglia train

The train operator suspended services between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge for much of Sunday, including the Stansted Express, because of fallen trees and branches on overhead wires.

In anticipation of the storm, Network Rail had already imposed a 50mph speed restriction, meaning Greater Anglia was already running fewer and slower services.

The company warned passengers on Sunday night to expect further disruption on Monday.

It said: “Train services running across the whole Greater Anglia network may be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 8pm on 10/02.”

The company said overhead wire damage between Elsenham and Audley End, which would affect trains between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street, would be assessed by about 3am on Monday.

You can check services using Greater Anglia’s journey checker.

Meanwhile, Great Northern, which runs trains to King’s Cross, issued a ‘do not travel’ warning on Sunday, but no major changes were expected to its services on Monday.

Network Rail told passengers: “You are advised to check your journey carefully before travelling on Monday. If you are making an essential journey, please consider leaving some extra time.

“At present, no significant alterations are expected to services on the Southern, Thameslink or Great Northern routes. Gatwick Express will be running a reduced service due to ongoing repair works at Gatwick Airport.

“Govia Thameslink Railway will be running additional empty trains across the network in the early hours of Monday morning. This is to make sure any obstructions that could affect the service are found and removed.

“There’s still a risk that trains will be disrupted by the time that the normal public service begins on Monday morning, and if travelling early you should check for the latest updates.”

Storm Ciara, which brought winds of nearly 60mph, has also led to the closure of a section of the M11, due to damage to the roof of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. The closure could last until Wednesday.

And the winds brought down a plane tree in Jesus Green, Cambridge.

Winds of up to 46mph are expected in the mornings and afternoons of both Monday and Tuesday, but will die down somewhat in the evenings.

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