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Storm Doris leads to collapsed roof at Preston Railway Station

Posted on - 23rd February, 2017 - 4:24pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Preston weather, Transport
Queues at Preston Station and cancelled trains Pic: Molly Brewer

Queues at Preston Station and cancelled trains Pic: Molly Brewer

Major delays are being experienced for passengers at Preston Railway Station due to part of the roof collapsing.

Storm Doris has caused damage to the roof above platforms five and six which are taped off.

The majority of services are delayed or cancelled at the station with passengers being advised to make alternative plans.

The station, operated by Virgin Trains and currently undergoing a £1.5million renovation, is packed with those stranded and unable to make onward connections.

A Virgin Trains spokeswoman said: “Earlier today we temporarily closed part of Preston station due to storm damage to the roof and to ensure the safety of customers. Our services are severely disrupted due to Storm Doris. We are strongly advising customers not to travel and to postpone their journeys until tomorrow (Friday) when their tickets will be accepted on services up to 2pm. Customers can check our website for the latest updates.”

Stranded passengers at Preston Railway Station Pic: Benjamin Wareing
Stranded passengers at Preston Railway Station Pic: Benjamin Wareing

Read more: Ice warning issued in aftermath of Storm Doris

Winds of up to 80mph have been buffeting Preston as the Met Office keeps a weather warning of strong winds in place until 8pm on Thursday (23 February).

Earlier in the day a road in Penwortham was blocked by a falling tree and rail services have seen severe disruption since Wednesday (22 February) evening.

Can I still travel?

Virgin Trains are advising customers to postpone their journeys. Any tickets valid for today (Thursday) will be accepted on Friday services until 2pm.

All trains are suspended until 5pm on Virgin services on Thursday.

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