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Disruption expected to & from London Victoria until 8pm following evacuation

Although London Victoria station reopened at 12.50pm, trains to & from the station may still see some delays.

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The fire brigade were investigating the cause of an activated fire alarm at London Victoria today that led to the whole station being evacuated.

The activation of the fire alarm occurred at approximately 12.10pm today and meant a lot of train services were delayed or suspended.

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Gatwick Express announced that their services were still suspended even after London Victoria had reopened.

A Southern & Gatwick Express spokesperson said:

“London Victoria rail station, not the Underground station, is being evacuated following activation of the fire alarm at approximately 12.10pm.

“Tickets for Southern services are being accepted on Thameslink between Blackfriars and Brighton.

“Owing to the fire alarm activating at London Victoria, all rail lines into the station are blocked.

“We are advising customers to allow extra time for their journey and travel via other routes.”

Southern and Gatwick Express tickets will be valid on the following routes:

  • Mutual Ticket Acceptance between Southern and Thameslink on all reasonable routes.
  • Great Western Railway services between Gatwick, Reading and London Paddington.
  • South Western Railway services via any reasonable route.
  • Tramlink between East Croydon and Wimbledon.
  • Southeastern, via Cannon Street, Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells.
  • London Buses between East Croydon and Central London.
  • TfL Underground services across all reasonable routes.

Southern & Gatwick Express has since announced the reopening of London Victoria at 12.50.

National Rail have issued an alert stating that the disruption to and from London Victoria could go on until 8pm:

Further information can be found here.

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Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.

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Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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