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Chaos at Three Bridges station as trains unable to stop at Gatwick due to lighting failure

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Commuters are being warned to give themselves plenty of extra time this morning as significant disruption is being caused on the rails this morning due to a lighting fault at Gatwick Airport station.

Southern say that services to the station are not stopping and commuters need to access trains from either Three Bridges or Horley.

No buses have been laid on which has meant travellers are having to use local bus services by Metro Bus causing very long delays to those travelling around the town.

Southern Rail estimate that services at Gatwick will be back up and running by 9am.

But images from Three Bridges station show the true extent of the problem with long queues already formed for those looking to use a taxi.

Coronavirus

‘No demand to fly before August’ says Virgin Atlantic

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Ahead of a press conference this afternoon, Virgin Atlantic has said that a 14 day self-isolation for travellers entering the UK will prevent them from offering flights.

In their initial statement they say that these restrictions mean there won’t be sufficient deman to resumer passenger services before August at the earliest.

They add:

“The safety and security of our people and our customers is always our top priority and public health must come first. We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.

Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”

More information is expected to be released in a press conference being held this afternoon (22nd May).

Only two weeks ago Virgin Atlantic announced job cuts of 3,000 staff and stopped it flights from Gatwick.

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