Storm Eleanor: Train lines blocked between Letchworth and Cambridge as high winds lash the area overnight

PUBLISHED: 08:06 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:08 03 January 2018

Weather warning. Picture: Archant

Weather warning. Picture: Archant

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Trains are delayed through North Hertfordshire this morning after power lines went down because of the high winds overnight and police and fire services are warning motorists to beware of fallen trees.

High winds lashed North Hertfordshire, East Beds and South Cambs last night as Storm Eleanor hit the UK.

Yellow weather warnings remain in place across the area, warning people to expect high winds until at least 6pm today.

Rail disruption is expected between Hitchin and Cambridge until 10am, and this will have a knock-on effect on other services.

Govia Thameslink – which runs most services on the line as part of its Great Northern franchise – issued a statement saying the problems were caused by an ‘object’ caught in the overhead electric wires between Cambridge and Letchworth.

Trains between Cambridge and Hitchin may be cancelled, delayed or suspended.

A Govia spokesman said: “There is a power failure affecting equipment and Network Rail – who own and maintain the equipment – have staff attending to assess and are working with the power companies to restore power as quickly as possible.

“Whilst this is ongoing, services may be delayed or subject to alteration. Once power is restored, Great Northern will be working to restore the train service to the normal timetable as quickly as possible. Great Northern are sorry for the problems this disruption may cause you.”

Passengers travelling to and from Cambridge are advised to use Greater Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.

CrossCountry, Greater Anglia and London Underground are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Govia Thameslink rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner here.

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