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Prepare for yet ANOTHER Strike tomorrow

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Well there appears to be no end in sight for yet another major disruption to the Southern Line.

Southern Rail have announced this:

“Southern drivers in the ASLEF and RMT unions have announced industrial action from Tuesday December 6. 

Unfortunately, passengers are advised to expect a severely reduced and disrupted service on every day while this industrial action is in place.

In addition to this, ASLEF and RMT strikes will affect Southern and Gatwick Express services on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Friday 16 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December (RMT conductors’ strike) – changed date
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)

Please note that the previously announced conductor strike on 22-24 December has been changed to 19-20 December.

Services are expected to be particularly disrupted on the drivers’ strike dates with no services on most routes. There is also likely to be increased disruption over the Christmas and New Year period. Other operators’ services are not affected, but may be busier. Journey planners will only be updated 24 hours before the date in question. Travel updates will be available as soon as they are confirmed on this web page.

We are very sorry for the continued disruption to your journeys.”

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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.

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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.

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