Storms cause commuter chaos

Tens of thousands of commuters were left stranded tonight after lightning caused chaos at two of London’s busiest stations.

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Landslide on Surrey train line delays thousands

The stormy weather has caused a landslide on the busy commuter line through Surrey, affecting thousands of passengers.

The railway on the Redhill Line out of London, near Merstham Tunnel, is blocked after the incident at around 5.20pm today - leaving thousands of passengers facing severe delays this evening.

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A spokeswoman for Southern Rail said: "It affects the line between Purley in south London and Redhill, on the way out of London.

"That is our main line coming out of London so there have been knock-on delays as a result. It is going to affect a lot of people, certainly thousands.

"The cause is weather related."

Passengers travelling along the route are being advised to either get a bus from Purley or travel down to Gatwick where they can catch an alternative train to Redhill.


Thames Barrier expected to close tonight


1/2 Please be advised that we are expecting a closure of the Thames Barrier tonight, between 2215 until 0315.


2/2 Last Thames Clippers RB1 Eastbound service to Woolwich departs at 21:58 from NGP (this is the 21:13 Eastbound departure from L Eye)


1/3 The RB5 Woolwich to North Greenwich shuttle has been cancelled this weekend due to planned Thames Barrier closures

Bus services at Whytleafe disrupted due to floods


Route 434 is curtailed at Whyteleafe Station due to flooding.


Route 407 is subject to diversion and delays in both directions on Godstone Road, Whyteleafe Road due to flooding.


Rail services create travel advice page during floods


Disruption information across the rail network can be found using our disruption page and journey planner #UKStorm


We have created a Travel Advice page here to help you plan your journey through the flooding disruption.

Floods continue to affect Paddington rail services

Network Rail has confirmed that floodwater is likely to continue to affect trackside signalling and safety equipment for some time.

General view of Paddington train station in Paddington, London. Credit: PA

In a statement, they said: "While they work to fix the problem we will only be able to run five trains an hour between Paddington and Reading in each direction. This is around a fifth of the services that would normally be scheduled.

"This will continue until Network Rail lets us know it is safe to run a full service again. We strongly advise customers not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary, and to consider alternative routes."

Victoria to Brighton train cancelled due to floods


INFO: 14:51 London Victoria to Brighton has been cancelled due to flooding


INFO: 15:51 London Victoria to Brighton has been cancelled due to flooding, the 15:36 & 16:36 will run


INFO: Owing to flooding, the 18:02 London Victoria to Brighton has been cancelled

Virgin boss Branson apologises for travel disruption

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has thanked passengers and apologised for ongoing disrupted services on rail networks, as flooding continues to hamper transport.

Sir Richard Branson Credit: PA

Sir Richard said in a statement on their website: "I want to thank all of our passengers in the UK for their kindness and patience during some understandably disrupted services. I’m very sorry for the delays and hope everyone is coping as well as can be expected.

"It must be extremely difficult for everyone being affected by the dreadful weather and horrendous flooding.

"In particular, having your home flooded is a traumatic experience, and I’d point everyone to the Somerset Community Fund, which is collecting money for some of those worst affected."

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