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Southern Rail passengers face more problems as overtime ban begins



Starting today ASLEF has instructed their driver members not to work overtime which means Southern Rail passengers can expect to face more misery.

It began this morning at 00:01 and will run until further notice.

Southern Rail has issued the following information and advice:

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Most routes will retain a Southern train service. On other routes, they have arranged ticket acceptance as detailed below.

Key alterations include:

  • No off-peak Gatwick Express service between Gatwick Airport and Brighton (a limited peak service will operate)
  • No Southern service to/from Beckenham Junction
  • No service between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia (a limited peak service will operate between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction)
  • No direct service between London and either Portsmouth or Southampton (a change of trains will be required)
  • Very limited peak services between Tulse Hill, Peckham Rye and London Bridge
  • No Southern peak-only service to/from Guildford
  • No Southern peak-only service to/from Wimbledon
  • An hourly service will operate between Seaford and Brighton
  • Ashford to Rye / Hastings peak-hour additional services will not run
  • Ashford to Rye / Hastings buses will replace some peak-hour services
  • Off peak London Victoria to Reigate and Tonbridge services will be replaced by a Tonbridge to Reigate (via Redhill) service
  • Off peak fast services between Redhill and London will not operate

On routes with a reduced service, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for your journey.

More information can be found here

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.



Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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