Christmas rail 'shut down'

Major sections of the regions rail network will be shut down yet again between Christmas and the New Year, it was revealed today.

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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southeastern - replacement buses between Wadhurst and Battle

Replacement bus service running on Southeastern between Wadhurst and Battle due to landslide between Robertsbridge and Battle, and at Stonegate.

Tickets being accepted on Southern services and via Ashford International on Southeastern High Speed services. Owing to the two landslides, the line will be closed until at least Monday 17th February. Some buses may be extended to run to/ from Hastings.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southeastern - lines reopen after train fault - Wadhurst & Tunbridge Wells

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Following a train fault between Wadhurst and Tunbridge Wells all lines have now reopened. (1/3)

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Train services running through these stations are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled, delayed or revised. (2/3)

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There is a replacement bus service between Tunbridge Wells and Wadhurst in both directions. (3/3)

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TRAVEL - TRAINS: SUSSEX - Southeastern - disruption because of landslip between Wadhurst and Battle

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Owing to a landslip between Wadhurst and Battle train services between Hastings-London Charing Cross via Tonbridge may be cancelled. (1/3)

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There has been a further landslip at Stonegate over the weekend. As a result, train services will be further revised through the week (2/3)

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Train services operate as far as Battle, where a bus service will then run to Wadhurst. From Wadhurst train services will recommence (3/3)

Find out more about the landslip in this report from Tom Savvides.

Southeastern reveal plans after landslip on Hastings line

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Owing to a landslip between Wadhurst and Battle train services between Hastings-London Charing Cross via Tonbridge may be cancelled. (1/3)

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There has been a further landslip at Stonegate over the weekend. As a result, train services will be further revised through the week (2/3)

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Train services operate as far as Battle, where a bus service will then run to Wadhurst. From Wadhurst, train services will recommence (3/3)

TRAVEL - TRAINS: SUSSEX Southeastern - Replacement buses between Wadhurst & Battle - landslide

Replacement bus service running on Southeastern between Wadhurst and Battle due to landslide between Robertsbridge and Battle, and at Stonegate. Tickets being accepted on Southern services and via Ashford International on Southeastern High Speed services.

Owing to the two landslides, the line will be closed until at least Monday 17th February. Some buses may be extended to run to/ from Hastings.

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Southeastern run late trains for New Year's Eve

Southeastern trains are running extra late night services for passengers to get home following New Year's Eve celebrations.

The last trains departing London terminals include:

· London Victoria to Orpington at 02:25

· London Charing Cross to Dartford at 02:42

· London Cannon Street to Dartford at 20:57

· St Pancras International to Ashford at 00:12

Additional late night Mainline services will operate between:

· London Charing Cross to Hastings (00:45 and 01:45)

· London Charing Cross to Ashford International via Tonbridge (00:50 and 01:50)

· London Victoria to Gillingham via Swanley (00:50)

· London Victoria to Ashford International via Maidstone East (01:07)

· London Victoria to Ramsgate via Faversham (01:10)

South West Trains warn of possible delays

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.

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

– South West Trains
  • 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.

Southeastern reduces services on Friday 27th December

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.

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