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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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Celebrations for Crawley school now ranked in top ten

Smiles all round for the Crawley school for making it into the top 10 out of 283 schools.

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Pupils, Parents & Carers, Governors and Staff were all celebrating at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School this week, after it emerged the school, located in Langley Green, has been ranked 7th (out of 283 schools) in this year’s Key Stage 2 West Sussex School League Tables.

Chair of Governors, Maja Jasko, said:

“this is an amazing achievement and the result of the hard work, commitment and determination of the children, OLQOH staff, Parents & Carers and Governors, over many years. The OLQOH Governors would also like to congratulate our Key Stage 1 Pupils and Teaching Team, who also achieved fantastic outcomes in 2017/18, with 93% of children passing the ‘Phonics Check’, and combined outcomes in Year 2 exceeding the WSCC County Average.”

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, went on to comment:

“OLQOH recognises that academic outcomes represent just a fraction of the vital work that all primary schools are doing, preparing our children and young people for both secondary school and adult life. Nonetheless, these result build on the excellent SATs scores achieved at Our Lady’s over the past 5 years and reflect our school mantra ‘Better Never Stops!’.”

 

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