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Ice age size icicles delay Southern Rail trains

The freezing conditions create awe inspiring national wonders.



They look like something from a Hollywood film.  Giant icicles, one as long as eight feet, hanging from the ceiling of the Balcombe tunnel.

As a result the trains heading through the tunnels are running slower than normal.

A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express, said:

“We’re running our services more slowly than usual through Balcombe Tunnel on the Brighton mainline into London because large icicles have formed, one as long as eight feet. This is delaying trains by about 10 minutes.

Staff are on site to monitor the situation.”

Photo courtesy of Network Rail

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Goodbye summer! Winter hours begin at West Sussex waste sites

New opening times start in October.



From 1 October 2018, winter opening hours at all 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) in West Sussex will come into effect.

The opening hours for all sites will be 9am until 4pm and times will be in place until 31 March 2019.

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There will be changes to the days some sites are open. Burgess Hill, Chichester, Worthing, and Crawley will open for six days a week during the winter months. Chichester will close on Tuesdays and Burgess Hill, Worthing, and Crawley will close on Thursdays.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The changes are based around the demand for services at different times of the year.

“Reducing opening hours during the quieter winter allows us to keep sites open for longer in the summer months when demand is at its highest.”

Further information on Household Waste Recycling Sites can be found at

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