Storm Eunice causes disruption for Blackpool and London Tramlink

Storm Eunice – described as the worst storm to hit the UK in 30 years – has been making her presence felt on Friday 18th February but whilst there has been major disruption for various transport network, tramways across the country have, in the main, escaped the worst. That being said there have been issues on both the Blackpool Tramway and London Tramlink during today.

Blackpool Tramway

All tram services were suspended from 1100 on Friday 18th February because of not only the strong winds but also the high tide. At the time of the original suspension it was hoped that they would be able to resume after 1400 but this was not possible and so the decision was made to keep the service suspended for the rest of the day.

This included Heritage Tram Tours, with the Evening Tour which had been due to run with the Western Train as the kick-off of the Vintage Weekend also postponed. Its intended to run it on Saturday 19th February at 1740 instead.

Bus services continued to run.

London Tramlink

There was already a planned closure between Wandle Park and East Croydon because of rail replacement works but in addition an obstruction on the track saw services between Mitcham Junction and Wimbledon suspended for a time during the afternoon.

With Storm Eunice’s most severe effects being seen in the south of England and in Wales (where the “red” warnings were issued) fortunately tram networks have escaped the worst of it, with train services in many of these areas being completed suspended because of the number of incidents seen.

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