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Trains cancelled after fault between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon

‘Urgent repairs’ took place on the track between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon, causing delays and some cancellations.

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Trains saw disruption until around 11am this morning (26 September) at Gatwick Airport. Southern Rail said trains ‘may be cancelled, delayed or diverted’.

Southern said ‘Urgent repairs’ to the track took place between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon. All lines are now open.

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Travel advice from Southern Rail said: “Please allow extra time for your journey this morning, check journey planners for up to date information and listen to station announcements for platform alterations.”

Network Rail operatives were dispatched to carry out repairs on the track defect in the Coulsdon South area. Southern said the work was ‘estimated to take around 90 minutes’.

This will only be a temporary fix to enable train services to resume, a permanent fix is to be implemented overnight.

Southern’s statement reads: “Currently, non stopping services that run on the fast lines between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon are subject to delays, cancellations and alterations.

“Gatwick Express services between Brighton and London Victoria are cancelled.

“Southampton, Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis services will terminate and restart at Three Bridges.”

Ticket acceptance is in place on other services. Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink customers can use the following:

  • London Buses between Redhill and London Terminals
  • London Underground on any reasonable routes
  • Mutual ticket acceptance between Southern and Thameslink
  • Metrobus services northbound from Gatwick Airport

The disruption also affected Great Western Railway services which were unable to run between Redhill and Gatwick Airport.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel. You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

Southern Rail add that passengers may be entitled to compensation if they experience a delay in completing their journey today. They are advised to keep their train ticket and make a note of their journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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West Sussex raises alert level as more coronavirus cases are confirmed

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The current alert level in West Sussex has been escalated to “yellow” (raised local alertness) which means there is an increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is in line with the increase in cases being seen nationally. There were 116 confirmed cases in West Sussex in the last seven days.

The County Council has introduced a traffic light system (green, yellow, amber and red) to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

With the rise in cases, residents are being asked to take preventative action to stop the spread of the virus.

This includes following the “Rule of Six” which means you should not meet in groups of more than six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors.

Residents should continue to wash hands regularly, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when appropriate and get tested when they have symptoms.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“So far in West Sussex we have seen a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus. However in line with national trends there has been an increase in recent weeks of the number of people who have tested positive.

“It is important we do all we can to keep numbers as low as possible. In line with government guidance, please do not meet in groups of more than six people. It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly, keep socially distanced, wear a face mask where appropriate and get tested when you have symptoms.

“I am very grateful to all residents for their continued efforts to ensure the county remains safe. We have done so well to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county up until now and we are keen to keep it that way to ensure we can #KeepWestSussexSafe.”

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