Storm Eunice shuts down Bristol: What’s closed and can I travel?

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Storm Eunice is set to shut down Bristol tomorrow, with schools, transport systems and attractions all announcing closures after a rare red weather warning was sounded for the city.

Police have declared a ‘major’ incident over the Met Office warning, with people urged to stay at home and not travel unless they absolutely have to due to high winds that could reach speeds of up to 100mph and pose ‘a danger to life’.

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Storm Dudley has already wreaked havoc across the city, with glass falling from the top of the Radisson Blue hotel onto the Centre which had to be closed off this morning for a clean-up operation.

Bristol University and the University of West England just announced that all campuses would close tomorrow for non-essential activity.

Meanwhile, all Bristol libraries will also be shut for the day.

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Can I travel by bus?

Due to the red weather warning, all bus services in Bristol including metrobus, Bristol Park & Ride and the Airport Flyer will be suspended until at least 1pm tomorrow afternoon (Friday, February 18).

First Bus said that services would continue to run as normal for the rest of this evening.

For services that normally run throughout the night, the last journey times are available here.

Can I travel by train?

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Great Western Railway said that, due to severe disruption, customers travelling via train tomorrow may wish to reconsider, with some lines set to be shut off completely due to the storm tomorrow.

The train firm is expecting to ‘significantly reduce’ the number of its long-distance services, and some branch lines in Devon and Cornwall will be closed.

The main line in south west Wales will be closed, with services from London terminating at Bristol Parkway.

Speed restrictions will also be in place, meaning journeys will take longer.

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GWR said it would allow customers with tickets for travel on Friday to use them for travel from today (Thursday, February 17) through to Monday, February 21.

You may be able to claim a refund for your ticket, but the normal rules still apply.

What attractions are closed?

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery announced on Twitter that it would be closed on Friday due to the weather warning. The museum will be open as normal on Saturday.

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We Are the Curious said the venue would be closed tomorrow due to severe weather. They added that customers who have tickets booked will receive an email from its booking team.

John Wesley’s New Room on Broadmead will close.

Aerospace Bristol will be closed.

The Wills Memorial Building will be closed.

More attractions are likely to announce they will temporarily close tomorrow, so keep checking on social media.

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