February 14, 2020 4.38 pm This story is over 22 months old

Storm Dennis: Lincolnshire railways and roads braced for disruption

Train companies have told passengers to defer travel until next week

Storm Dennis could bring another weekend of chaos on the roads and railway lines, as some operators warn people against travel.

The Met Office has already extended its yellow weather warning for severe wind on Saturday and Sunday.

The warning is currently in place between 10am on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday, but wind and rain will be persistent throughout the weekend.

Storm Dennis is not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but train companies have warned of reduced services and urged people to defer travel to next week.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has said it may be forced to put in speed restrictions and even cancel some trains.

As a result, LNER has been encouraging customers with tickets dated either February 15 or February 16 to travel on February 17 instead.

Network Rail and train operators in the East Midlands have also urged passengers to check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys.

They have even told people who live near the railway to clear away their garden furniture and trampolines with strong winds up to 60mph forecast.

Gary Walsh, for Network Rail, said: “I would like to reassure passengers across the East Midlands that we will have extra teams on hand to keep services moving.”

It’s not just about the railways though, motorways are more likely to be congested as traffic moves off flooded A roads.

Anyone who needs to drive should slow down and double the distance between their car and the car in front.

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