FURTHER disruption is expected to the railways this weekend due to Storm Dennis.

High winds and heavy rain from Storm Ciara caused widespread delays and cancellations on the railway network on Sunday, February 9.

And services are predicted to be affected again this weekend, with Storm Dennis forecast to batter the UK with 70mph winds on Saturday and Sunday.

Extra maintenance teams and engineers are being drafted in ahead of the anticipated adverse weather.

Network Rail passenger director Jake Kelly said: “Storm Ciara dumped a month-and-a-half of rain on us last weekend, leaving ground waterlogged and rivers swollen.

“We had a lot of flooding in the north west and a lot of it disrupted the railway, for example at Todmorden and Caldew near Carlisle.

“With Storm Dennis set to bring more high winds and further rainfall this Saturday and Sunday, we’re preparing for more of the same.

“Our advice to passengers is please check before you travel at National Rail Enquires or with your train operator.

“That way you’ll have the very latest information and you’ll know what to expect.”