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Major disruption to Southern Rail as network loses all signalling power

Disruption is expected to last the whole day.

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Southern Rail passengers are in for a miserable day as the network faces serious problems with its signalling power.

Southern Rail announced to its passengers early  this morning that there were some problems between London Victoria and East Croydon due to a fault.

It later then put out a strong message advising passengers NOT to travel via London Victoria.

This was then followed with more advice saying the Brighton Mainline service into London Bridge was now also running a ‘very limited’ service.

The departures board from Three Bridges was awash this morning with cancellations and delays and the disruption is expected to last throughout the day.

A GTR spokesman said:

“Network Rail is working hard to rectify this fault but in the meantime passengers are urged not to travel from the south on our remaining services which will be heavily overcrowded.”

Southern Rail has published a full list of services that passengers tickets are valid for, these include:

  • Mutually across Southern and Thameslink via any reasonable route
  • South Western Railway between Portsmouth, Southampton, Wimbledon and London Waterloo
  • Southeastern between Hastings, Ashford International and London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street
  • Tramlink between Croydon, Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction
  • London Underground between London Terminals and Wimbledon
  • London Overground between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Clapham Junction and West Croydon
  • London Northwestern Railway between Watford Junction, London Euston and Milton Keynes Central
  • London Buses via any reasonable route
  • Great Western Railway via any reasonable route. Where possible, Great Western Railway will stop additionally at Salfords and Horley on their Reading to Gatwick Airport services
  • Metrobus between Gatwick Airport, Leatherhead, Dorking, Epsom, Redhill and Reigate on routes 21, 93, 100, 270, 281, 291, 400 & 460
  • Brighton and Hove Buses between Brighton, Lewes, Falmer, Newhaven, Seaford, and Eastbourne on routes 28 & 29
  • Southdown Buses between Oxted and East Grinstead via Edenbridge Town on routes 236 & 410
  • Compass Buses between Lewes, Uckfield, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells on routes 228 & 229
  • Stagecoach Bus on route 700 between Brighton and Portsmouth

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Crawley library in danger of losing opening hours as County Council choose money saving over services

Another public consultation and this time it is about reducing opening hours for the library.

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Crawley library users are being asked to share their thoughts on proposed budget savings which would see a reduction in opening hours at Crawley Library.

The consultation running from 9 October to 13 November 2019 is, according to the council, aimed to help inform the decision due to be taken by West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member, Jacquie Russell, in November. 

The suggested savings include for Crawley to:

Reduce the evening opening hours in the library by one hour (from 7pm to 6pm) from April 2020.

This change, along with the same reduction in hours at three other Sussex libraries along with the ceasing of the mobile library service would apparently result in a total year on year saving of £175,000.

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Since becoming cabinet member, I have often been asked about what will happen to libraries across the county. As I have said before, we need to look at doing things in a more affordable way, but ultimately my aim is to preserve the core of the library service.

“With the suggested savings being proposed, we hope that the other services we have on offer at libraries across West Sussex will diminish any negative impact to users. 

“However, I still want to hear the thoughts of our library users by way of this consultation, especially those who are specifically affected by the proposed budget savings, as this will help to shape and inform my decision in November.”

But Crawley residents will be all too wary of consultations and how they can be just lip service and completely ignored as recently happened with the consulation over the Post Office move into County Mall.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“When West Sussex County Council Leader over a decade ago, I was pleased to procure and open the new Crawley Library, which ever since has been an important community resource. I would encourage all who care about our library to engage with the Council’s consultation and call for evening opening hours not to be reduced.”

CN24 approached Jacquie Russell for a guarantee that if the results of the consultation came back that there was a majority against the reduction in hours that she would keep the library open till 7. A response has not yet been received.

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