Preston train passengers are warned of further disruption from Storm Franklin

Engineers inspecting the roof of Preston station after storm Eunice Pic: Network Rail

Rail passengers are being warned that the third major storm in just five days is expected to further disrupt travel in Preston and the North West.


People are advised to check before traveling when Network Rail introduces safety speed restrictions on some routes during Storm Franklin on Monday February 21.

Thousands of engineers worked all weekend to repair the damage caused by Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice.

This includes work to secure the roof panels at Preston station, which led to its closure to passengers on Friday and Saturday.

Read more: Preston station closed as Storm Eunice damages roof

With barely a break in the wild weather, Storm Franklin will now bring heavy rain and gale force winds – with travel disruption likely.

Up to 80mm of rain is forecast in the northwest, which could lead to flooding on some sections of the railway line.

Stronger winds could see trees already weakened by previous storms risk falling onto railway lines and the high-voltage network of overhead cables that supply trains.

Read more: Weather warning updated for Preston as Storm Franklin brings strong winds

Phil James, Network Rail’s North West Route Manager, said: ‘The relentless stormy weather at the moment continues to pose a real challenge for us – it seems as soon as we have recovered from one storm another waits in the wings to cause more damage yet again.

“I would ask passengers to follow the advice of their train operator with reduced timetables on Mondays. Safety is our number one priority and we are constantly monitoring the weather and the railway to ensure that we can keep people safe and safe. goods.

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