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Track failure causes delays for passengers between Gatwick and Redhill

A fault with the signalling system at Redhill is causing disruption to journeys through this station.



UPDATE: The issue was resolved around 11:30 –

As a result of the fault, trains may be delayed, revised or cancelled.

The problem wasexpected to last till around 9am.

Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink tickets will be accepted on the following :

– Great Western Railway services between Gatwick and Redhill / Reigate

Metrobus services, between Redhill and Gatwick

– Southeastern services between Tonbridge and London

Great Western Railway tickets will be accepted on the following:

– Southern services between Redhill and Gatwick Airport

– South Western Railway services between Reading / Gatwick Airport and Clapham Junction and between Clapham Junction and Guildford.

How is this currently affecting the train service?

A signalling fault at Redhill is impacting services.

Services between Reigate / Redhill and Tonbridge are suspended until further notice, please use Great Western Railway services between Reigate and Redhill.

Thameslink services through Redhill will be reduced to ease congestion. Earlswood station will not be served – please use local bus ticket acceptance to get to Redhill / Gatwick.

Great Western Railway trains may be terminated at / started back from Redhill.  

Southern Rail said:

“In this particular situation the fault has been confirmed as a ‘Track Circuit Failure’. This means the signalling system is unable to automatically verify if the next section of track past the affected signal is clear.

The rail network is designed so that if a signal stops working, trains will stop before they reach it. Whilst this issue is ongoing, train crew will stop at the affected signal and contact the signalling centre to confirm their location, which at this point the signaller will verbally authorise the driver to continue towards the next signal. This process adds time to every trains journey, which means services can experience short delays.”


Crawley constituents discuss how to spend slice of £15m on rail improvements

MP Henry Smith held a public meeting in Crawley to discuss how the Passenger Benefit Fund should be spent



MP Henry Smith held a public meeting in Crawley to discuss how money from the Passenger Benefit Fund should be invested

Passengers, rail user group representatives and councillors have had their say on how a slice of £15million should be used to improve the rail experience for people in Crawley, Horsham and Horley.

MP Henry Smith welcomed ideas on how thousands of pounds should be spent on improving passengers’ rail experience in his constituency when he held a public meeting this month (14 June) at the Arora Hotel in Crawley.

Following disruption faced by passengers in the summer of 2018, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that Govia Thameslink Railway would contribute £15million towards a Passenger Benefit Fund, which would be used to provide tangible benefits to passengers.

The Secretary of State appointed three MPs to oversee the programme, Bim Afolami, Heidi Allen and Henry Smith – one for each of the routes affected in May 2018 – Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern.

The MPs recommended that decisions on how the fund is spent should be made at as local a level as possible, which is why an amount from the fund has been allocated to passengers at stations depending on how much the station was impacted by the May 2018 timetable introduction.

Stations worst affected by the disruption will receive £80,000, stations considerably affected will receive £50,000 and all other GTR managed and Thameslink served stations will get £30,000. Horley and Three Bridges will each get £80,000, while Crawley and Horsham are both set to receive £50,000.

Mr Smith’s public meeting was attended by passengers, local councillors, rail user group representatives and GTR’s Local Development Manager Patrick Ladbury, who gave a presentation on the fund and answered questions.

A number of ideas were discussed and these included water bottle refill schemes with counters to show how many times they have been used, the refurbishment of the underpass at Horley to prevent it from flooding and developing a second entrance at Horsham. Questions over how the fund fits in with the Crawley station redevelopment plans were also addressed.

GTR’s Patrick Ladbury said: “Some interesting ideas were put forward at the meeting. I would encourage as many people as possible to make their voices heard if they have suggestions for how the fund should be used. It is easy to get involved and submit your ideas. Just visit Ideas need to be submitted by 31 July so that we can assess them and get started on the selected schemes as quickly as possible.”

Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:

  • Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
  • Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
  • Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
  • Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria,,,

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