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'Do not travel this weekend' advises LNER

A LNER Azuma train

Don’t travel from today (Friday) till the end of play on Sunday, if you can avoid it.

That’s the stark message from York-base train company LNER, as Storm Arwen is forecast to bring in intense weather conditions.

The company is urging people to defer their travel if possible. Tickets for this weekend will be valid on LNER services from Monday to Wednesday next week (29 November-1 December).

Network Rail has imposed emergency speed restrictions as the extreme weather conditions begin to impact the East Coast Main Line.

The East Coast route north of Berwick Upon Tweed will be closed to services from 5pm today.

Further closures as a result of the extreme weather are possible elsewhere on the East Coast route.

Services that can operate face extended journey times, and short notice delays and cancellations are expected.

LNER has apologised to customers for disruption impacting customer journeys today and across the weekend. Anyone who decides against making a journey can claim a refund from the original point of purchase.

Cross Country Trains is also terminating trains at Newcastle from 3pm today, missing out Scotland. Cross Country Trains ask that you check before you travel.

The Met Office has issued a red warning for an area from Newcastle up to Aberdeen. This is the highest level, which is issued very rarely, meaning there is potentially a risk to life.

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