Thameslink is urging people not to travel on its services tomorrow because of Storm Eunice.

Strong winds are expected across the south of England on Friday (February 18) with the Met Office warning of disruption.

Winds are expected to reach gusts of up to 70mph and it could see trees and powerlines brought down and has the potential to cause damage to properties.

Ahead of the expected stormy weather, rail operator Thameslink is calling for people using stations including those on its line in Hertfordshire and Barnet not to travel.

Thameslink is already warning there will be "extensive changes" to train services on its line north of London on Friday and that there will be a 50mph speed limit in place.

A spokesperson said: "Please do not travel on Friday 18th February. On Friday, very strong winds are forecast. These are expected to cause damage and obstructions on the railway.

"There will be extensive changes to train services on Friday. Where trains are able to run, it is very likely some trains will be delayed or cancelled at short notice. A speed restriction of 50mph will also be in place.

"Due to the service changes, if you do decide to travel, you may need to change trains or use another transport operator to get to your destination.

"Other transport operators will also be substantially disrupted, and many others will be advising you not to travel."

Thameslink says it is aiming to run a train every 15 minutes between Bedford and St Pancras on Friday but it will be a service that stops at all stations.

There will be no Thameslink services running through Central London on Friday.

Tickets valid for Friday can be used either on Thursday or Saturday.

A reduced timetable is already in place between Bedford and St Pancras because of damage to overhead wires.

Thameslink says staff are on site carrying out repairs but major disruption is expected to continue until 8am on Friday.