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Gatwick Express train services modified after Preston Park trackside fire

Information on the Gatwick Express website:

Due to a major signalling problem caused by a cable fire near Brighton, Gatwick Express services will continue to operate between London Victoria and Gatwick, but will be extended to Three Bridges tonight.

On Saturday 22 December, Gatwick Express services will run between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, stopping additionally at East Croydon in both directions on services between 0700-2100.

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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southern - Victoria to Brighton cancellations

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INFO: Owing to signalling problems the following trains will be cancelled, 21:36 London Victoria to Brighton due 22:30

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22:02 London Victoria to Brighton due 23:15, 22:06 London Victoria to Brighton due 23:00

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22:36 London Victoria to Brighton due 23:30, 23:02 London Victoria to Brighton due 00:15

TRAVEL -TRAINS: SUSSEX - First Capital Connect, Preston Park delays

There is disruption on First Capital Connect between Brighton and Bedford due to signalling problem at Preston Park. Tickets being accepted on East Midlands Trains, Southern, South West Trains, London Overground, London Tramlink and London Underground services.

Buses are replacing trains Haywards Heath to Brighton. Southern are running a reduced service on this route so passengers can use those trains as well. Two services run per hour between Bedford and Haywards Heath and these may be delayed by up to an hour.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Sussex - Southern, delays at Preston Park

There is disruption on Southern trains between Brighton and Victoria, between Brighton and Lewes, between Brighton and Southampton Central, between Brighton and Eastbourne and between Littlehampton and Victoria due to signalling problem at Preston Park.

Tickets being accepted on local bus routes. Severe disruption following a fire. A reduced service is running between Brighton and Three Bridges. Victoria-Littlehampton services diverted via Arundel. Hourly service and supplementary buses running Brighton-Lewes.

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Trains to and from Paddington still disrupted

Services to and from Paddington are currently being severely disrupted following two separate signalling problems at Acton and Hayes in west London. Engineers have been on site since the incidents occurred and have worked through the night to repair extensive damage to lineside equipment, some of which has been damaged by fire. Until the repairs are complete, two of the four lines serving Paddington will remain closed with an amended timetable in place to many destinations.

– Network Rail Spokesperson

Services between Brighton and Haywards Heath have also been disrupted after a lineside fire near Preston Park Station on Thursday night. Engineers have been on site throughout the night and are working to fully reopen the railway as quickly as possible. There is a half hourly train service running between Brighton and Haywards Heath and rail replacement buses are also in use.

– Network Rail Spokesperson

“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to anyone who has had their travel plans disrupted as a result of these problems, particularly at this very busy time of year. We have diverted all available resources to fixing the problems and will do everything we can to get a full service running as quickly as possible. Passengers are advised to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries for further details.

– Network Rail Spokesperson

Fire causes disruption at Paddington train station

A fire in a railway equipment room in west London is causing disruption to services at Paddington station today, Network Rail have said.

Yesterday afternoon we had an electrical fire in a lineside equipment room at Acton which damaged equipment which meant we have not been able to run a full service today. Services to and from Paddington have been affected by this.

– Network Rail Spokesperson
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