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Gatwick Express suspended and Southern Rail severely disrupted after train derailment

After a low speed derailment of an engineering train in the London Victoria area both Gatwick and Southern Rail have announced cancellations and delays.



Credit @NetworkRailSE

At approximately 03:00 this morning of Tuesday, 9th July, an engineering train (operated on behalf of Network Rail) experienced a low-speed derailment at London Victoria.

The engineering train is obstructing a complex section of track on one of the busiest routes.

Credit @NetworkRailSE

Specialist recovery teams were dispatched to attend to the recovery.

Southern Rail say that once the recovery of the derailed engineering train has been completed, repairs to track damage will also be required until the line can be reopened.

Platforms 9 – 13 are currently blocked at London Victoria. In addition the “slow/stopping” lines are blocked between Clapham Junction and London Victoria.

In order to minimise disruption, fewer trains are able to operate at this time to and from London Victoria, hence a severely reduced Southern and Gatwick Express service to and from this location.

They are also unable to get some trains out of the depot at Battersea meaning they are unable to form there passenger services, resulting in further cancellations.

Southern Rail say that due to the complexity of the issue, disruption is expected until the end of the day.


Delays of up to an hour on the trains after flooding at Haywards Heath

Southern Rail say if you’re trip is essential, you are strongly recommended to check the updates before you travel.



After heavy rain flooded the railway in the early hours of this morning (25th June) Southern Rail has delays for its passengers traveling through Haywards Heath.

Due to the heavy rainfall in the early hours of this morning, water levels were above the railheads which meant that train services could not run past Haywards Heath until the water levels reduced.

Network Rail Engineers arrived to site at 06:09 and examined the lines, at this point a decision was made to allow train services to run through but at reduced speed of 5MPH as the water levels had reduced enough to allow movement through.

Network Rail says their quick response team will remain on site and carry out further inspections and use water pumps where necessary.

When the water level rises above the rails, trains have to reduce their speed to prevent damage to the train. If the track has a live conductor rail, flooding can cause a short circuit and cut power to the trains and track side equipment.

They say the flooding has now subsided allowing all lines through Haywards Heath to reopen but it has caused disruption with some trains cancelled or delayed.

Southern Rail say that overall journey times to and from Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes may be extended by up to 60 minutes.

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services will be exceptionally busier than usual during this time.

Tickets will be honoured across all Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express routes during this time. In addition to this, you can also use your ticket with the following existing bus routes:

 Metrobus on the following routes

  •  271, 272, and 273 between Crawley, Three Bridges, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill and Brighton
  • 430 for Reigate, Redhill and Merstham
  • 2 for Crawley and Ifield
  • 3 for Crawley, Three Bridges, and Gatwick Airport
  • 23 for Crawley, Faygate, and Horsham
  • 200 for Horsham, Faygate, Ifield, and Gatwick Airport
  • 84 / 272 / 281 / 291 for Crawley and Three Bridges (84 continues to East Grinstead)
  • 400 for Crawley, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, Redhill
  • 420 / 460 for Crawley, Gatwick Airport, Horley, Redhill
  • 100 Three Bridges, Gatwick,Horley,Salfords,Earlswood,Redhill
  • 460 Reigate,Redhill,Salfords,Horley,Gatwick,Crawley

Brighton & Hove on the following routes

  • 12 for Brighton, Newhaven, Seaford, Eastbourne
  • 24, 28, 29, 29B50 (Brighton, Lewes)
  • 23 (Brighton, Lewes, Falmer)
  • 14, 14A, 14B for Brighton, Newhaven)

You can also use your tickets on 

  • London Overground on all routes
  • London Trams between East Croydon and Wimbledon
  • London Underground between Balham / Morden / Wimbledon and West Hampstead
  • South Western Railway between Clapham Junction and London Waterloo
  • London Buses between Redhill and Elsetree & Borenhamwood
  • Great Western Railway services between Gatwick / Redhill and Dorking Deepdene, change at Dorking for Southern services to London Victoria.
  • Southeastern services between London and Tonbridge / Hastings

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