Around half of services to London out of Brighton have been cancelled because of major flooding at Patcham, near Preston Park.
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of SWT has written to all passengers to explain what the rail operator is doing to keep services running.
Like most rail companies across the ITV News Meridian region, Cross Country trains are also affected by the severe weather conditions.
South West Trains have updated their plans for rail services on Thursday. They plan to run normal services to operate on routes, run test trains to overnight to ensure the tracks are clear and to provide information on all services for early commuters.
Following the strong winds and torrential rain South West Trains expects to run a normal service throughout the day on Thursday. Forecasters are predicting heavy rain overnight but the winds have dropped.
Full service information can be found on South West Train's website here. A spokesperson for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said:
– South West Trains spokesperson
“Over the last 24 hours we have had additional staff working across the network to ensure that tracks were cleared as quickly as possible with minimum disruption to planned services. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused by the weather and thank passengers for their patience.
A landslip on the railway between Battle and Robertsbridge means the railway will be closing for urgent repair work – starting after tomorrow morning’s rush-hour.
The line will remained closed for at least two weeks.
During that time, trains from London will terminate at Robertsbridge, with a connecting bus service to Battle and a shuttle train between Battle and Hastings.
The last direct train to London will leave Hastings at 07.27 on Tuesday morning.
– Network Rail’s route managing director, Fiona Taylor
Safety is our top priority and we cannot safely carry out such extensive repair work with trains still running and with more bad weather on the way. This has been a very difficult time for everyone using this stretch of railway and we appreciate passengers’ patience while we do the work that is needed. With two serious embankment failures on one stretch of line, this is the best, quickest and safest way of fixing the problems. We apologise for the further disruption this will cause."
– Alison Nolan, customer relations manager for Southeastern
We’ve made arrangements for Southeastern tickets to be accepted on Southern services between Hastings and Ashford for the duration of the closure. Passengers can then board high speed services to London St Pancras International as an alternative to get into London for no extra cost. Buses will be in place between Battle and Robertsbridge, and car parking tickets will be also be accepted at any of our station car parks between Robertsbridge and Frant for those who would prefer to drive to any of these stations for connecting services."
There are two embankment slips, one at Marley Farm and the other near to Whatlington Viaduct near Battle. Both require major repairs, with piling to be installed to shore up the earthworksand new material delivered to replace that lost in the slips.
Engineers assessing yesterday's landslip which closed the Eastleigh to Fareham line at Botley, say repairs will take a lot longer than first hoped.
It was originally thought the line would re-open on Wednesday, but South West trains now say it could take longer.
– South West trains statement
Engineers have assessed the site and significantly more work is required than previously anticipated. Further assessments will be made over the following few days and at this point we do not have a specific date for the reopening of the line. We will continue to provide further updates as the situation develops.
Routes affected (in both directions):
Waterloo to Portsmouth via Eastleigh - trains will be diverted and will not call at Botley or Hedge End. Journey times will be extended by at least 30 minutes.
Southampton to Portsmouth - these trains will run on their normal route but may be delayed
First Great Western services between Portsmouth and Cardiff and Southern services between Southampton and Brighton/Victoria - these trains may be delayed or diverted.Replacement road transport services are conveying passengers across the affected route
First Great Western services between Portsmouth and Cardiff and Southern services between Southampton and Brighton/Victoria - these trains may be delayed or diverted.
Buses are replacing trains on the the affected route.
Saturday 1st February
Buses depart Fareham at 35 minutes past each hour, calling at Botley, Hedge End and Eastleigh.
Buses depart Eastleigh at 33 minutes past each hour, calling at Hedge End, Botley and Fareham.
Sunday 2nd FebruaryPlease note buses will run to Southampton Airport Parkway rather than Eastleigh.Buses depart Fareham at 55 mins past each hour from 07:55, calling at Botley, Hedge End and Southampton Airport Parkway. Buses depart Southampton Airport Parkway at 26 mins past each hour from 08:26,
Engineers are at the landslip and say it is going to take several days - at least to clear the landslip and re-open the line. A further assessment will be made tomorrow and Monday - at this point they have not said when the line will be clear.
Routes affected (in both directions):
Waterloo to Portsmouth via Eastleigh - these trains will be diverted and will not call at Botley or Hedge End. Journey times will be extended by at least 30 minutes.
Southampton to Portsmouth - these trains will run on their normal route but may be delayed because of congestion caused by the diverted trains.
A major two-week engineering project to repair the storm-damaged rail network on the Isle of Wight has been completed ahead of schedule, allowing services to start running as normal from Sunday 19 January.Engineers had been dealing with problems caused by flooding at more than 20 locations.
More than 750 tonnes of ballast were brought over to the island by ferry to help repair damage to tracks.
There are delays of up to 30 minutes on Chiltern Railway between Marylebone and Princes Risborough due to a broken down train at High Wycombe. It's mostly affecting northbound services. There is no estimate for when a normal service will resume.
In a statement on their website, South West Trains said:
"We anticipate that most routes will be open when train services resume on Friday 27th December however further adverse weather is expected overnight so it is possible services will be disrupted.
At present we are planning to run the advertised service on all lines r with the exception of between Petersfield and Haslemere. The line between Petersfield and Haslemere will be closed until further notice owing to damage to an embankments in 4 separate locations.
At present, it is likely that this line will remain closed for at least 7 days. Work is taking place to make the embankments safe for trains to run over. Until this is complete, alternate arrangements will be in place.
– South West Trains
On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 December, trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour that depart Waterloo at 16 minutes past each hour will run as far as Haslemere. Trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour that depart Waterloo at 46 minutes past each hour will be diverted and will call at Woking (to connect with a shuttle service to Haslemere), Winchester, Fareham, Hilsea, Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea
- Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo traints that depart Portsmouth Harbour at 3 mins past each hour will be diverted, calling at Portsmouth & Southsea, Fratton, Hilsea, Fareham, Winchester & Woking
- The planned trains running between Woking & Haslemere calling at all stations will run as advertised
- A replacement bus service will run between Haslemere and Petersfield calling at Liphook and Liss
- Trains from Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo that depart Portsmouth Harbour at 19 minutes past each hour will run as far as Petersfield.
In a statement on their website, Southeastern have announced they will be cutting services on Friday, until they know what impact the weather has had on the rail network. The rail operator made the following statement:
`"Network Rail will be out at first light checking the track for any damage, flooding and fallen trees and will advise us when it is safe to start running train services.
We expect to be able to provide a high speed shuttle service between Ashford and St Pancras International in the morning, however we are advised that it’s unlikely we’ll be able to run any metro or mainline train services until around midday.
Only a handful of lines will be providing services the day after Christmas, and many of those which are running are serving airports and the Channel Tunnel, leaving much of the country without trains.
Labour said rail minister Stephen Hammond regularly attacked their ministers when they were in power before 2010 over the absence of Boxing Day services, but had done little to improve matters since joining the Department for Transport in 2012.
Among those running were Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Bicester North, Southeastern trains between London St Pancras International and Ashford International, a Southern service on the Brighton mainline, shuttle services to Heathrow and Stansted airports.