Flooding causing major problems in parts of the South

There were major delays in Sussex this morning after flooding closed the Balcombe Tunnel. Flooding also caused queues on Sussex roads. Other parts of the South have been affected by heavy rain over night.

Network Rail clears Balcombe Tunnel for limited service

Network Rail engineers are currently at Balcombe Tunnel, pumping water away to allow a limited train service to begin.

Passengers are, however, being warned to check before they travel as further heavy rain is due in the area.

Two other lines remain blocked in the county, with the East Grinstead line flooded at Lingfield and Dormans and the Redhill-Tonbridge route blocked at Nuffield.

Network Rail's route managing director for Sussex, Tim Robinson said, "It has been a difficult start to the day and we apologise to passengers for their disrupted journeys today.

"We are working hard to get the lines clear again as soon as possible."

Sussex police warn motorists after heavy rain over night

Sussex Police are advising motorists to be aware of the conditions on the roads today as heavy rain fell over night, bringing major flooding issues to West and Mid Sussex.

The A23 is currently closed between Bolney and Pease Pottage, leading to extensive tailbacks.

Although diversions have been set up, many other roads in the area have been badly affected or closed by flooding.

They include:

  • The A24 at Broadbridge Heath, Findon and Dial Post
  • The A29 at Bury Hill, near Pulborough
  • The A281 at Henfield
  • The A27 east of Chichester

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Southern Railway statement about Balcombe flooding

Southern Railway have released this statement regarding the flooding that is affecting their services:

Due to flooding in the Balcombe tunnel there are currently no services between Haywards Heath and Three Bridges in either direction. Replacement buses are being affected by flooding on local roads, so passengers for London are advised to travel via Barnham and the Arun Valley or via Hastings for Southeastern services.

Passengers for Gatwick Airport from the south coast are also advised to travel via Barnham and the Arun Valley.

Southern tickets are being accepted on First Capital Connect and Southeastern services.

– Southern Railway

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Southern warns of major disruption to Sussex rail services

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We advise not to travel via H Heath as there are very limited bus services. Roads in the area are flooded with major road closures #Balcombe

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#Balcombe First Great Western services to and from Gatwick Airport may be delayed or start and terminate at Redhill

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Due to the severity of disruption, we may not be able to answer all tweets. Please keep an eye on our feed for updates #Balcombe

Flooding affecting Sussex roads and rail services

A23 West Sussex - A23 closed in both directions between Warninglid and Pease Pottage, because of flooding. Diversion in operation - via A272, A24 and A264 to M23 at Pease Pottage. In the roadworks area. Congestion on Northbound to Hurstpierpoint and on Southbound M23 to J10a B2036 Balcombe Road.

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