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Passengers urged to think carefully before travelling on public transport during Storm Eunice

Shaw via Oldham Metrolink tram

Public transport users and drivers in Greater Manchester are being urged to think carefully before they travel – and travel only if necessary – as the region prepares for Storm Eunice.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning ahead of the storm’s arrival between 3am and 9pm on Friday 18th February, with extremely strong winds expected as well as snow in some areas.

There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger life. Falling branches and uprooted trees may block Metrolink and rail lines and could also damage power lines, equipment and buildings.

With the storm likely to cause significant disruption to public transport networks through delayed or cancelled services, commuters are being asked consider whether their journey is necessary.

If you need to travel, please check close to the time of your departure and plan ahead to take into account potential disruptions and reduced timetables.

Alex Cropper, Interim Head of Operations at TfGM, said: “Storm Eunice is expected to bring heavy winds which could severely affect public transport across Greater Manchester.

“There is a risk that debris such as trees or branches could be blown onto tracks, disrupting services and damaging equipment.

“With the Met Office warning that the weather could result in a danger to life, I’d strongly urge people to stay safe and think carefully before travelling and travel only if absolutely necessary.”

For more information on travel in Greater Manchester, visit www.tfgm.com/storm-eunice.

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