Storm Imogen is set to hit Sussex today (Monday) with gale force winds expected across the region.
The Met Office has upgraded a yellow weather warning to amber ahead of the gales, with the warning in place between 3am and 6pm.
Train services are likely to be disrupted and Highways England has warned drivers to be alert on motorways and major roads with gusts expected to reach 70mph.
A rail spokesperson said Network Rail’s specialist engineers are preparing to deploy across the network to inspect lines and repair any damage as quickly as possible.
Due to the severe weather conditions forecast for today and Monday February 8th, speed restrictions will be in operation on some routes from 11am as a safety precaution.
It is highly likely there will be delays due to the predicted forecast.
The spokesperson said, “We plan to run our Monday morning service as advertised, however passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling as disruption to services, including the morning and evening peak, is high likely.
“Passengers are being advised to expect delays and disruption as forecasters are predicting winds in excess of 70mph across the South Coast on Monday.
“With the strength of the winds expected, railway infrastructure could be damaged as severe winds can blow debris and trees onto tracks and damage equipment and signals
And Gary Webb from Highways England said, “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and would encourage drivers, especially those driving high sided vehicles, motorcycles or considering a trip with a caravan, to consider driving conditions before setting off as they could be difficult.
“If you do have to make a journey by road be prepared, plan your journey in advance and check the latest weather conditions along your route.
“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.
“In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”
Road users are being advised to follow messages on overhead signs and listen to radio updates.
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