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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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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Weather threat means more rail disruption

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.

Southeastern announces station closure

No train services are currently stopping at Newington station.

A burst water main has caused structural damage to a nearby bridge, resulting in the closure of the two railway tracks that serve Newington station.

Train services can still operate between Rainham and Sittingbourne, with a 5mph speed restriction in place.

On 9th December 2013, a rail replacement bus service will operate between Newington station, Rainham and Sittingbourne to get passengers to connecting train services.

Network Rail are working as fast as they can to repair the damage caused to the bridge.

Compensation for delayed Southeastern commuters

We know it was a difficult journey home for our passengers last night and we're sorry. Our staff worked as quickly as possible to get services back up and running once Network Rail resolved the signal failure. We encourage anyone whose journey was delayed by more than 30 minutes to contact Southeastern Customer Services or submit a ‘Delay Repay’ claim online.

– Alison Nolan, a spokesperson for Southeastern

National Rail apologise for disruption

National Rail have told ITV News Meridian that currently there is no estimated time as to when the disruption will end.

A small fire has damaged equipment which operates signalling in the London Bridge area. No trains are currently running through London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross or Waterloo East. Engineers are on site assessing the extent of the damage and will carry out repairs as soon as possible. Passengers should travel from St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Elephant and Castle or Victoria for services to Kent and Sussex. Tickets are valid on London Underground, London buses and other train operators.

– A spokesman for Network Rail

We apologise for the disruption and advise passengers to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.

– A spokesman for Network Rail

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Reports of 'chaos' at London Bridge after signal failure

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Train chaos in Central London. London Bridge shut. No trains going out of Charing Cross, hence this Great Migration http://t.co/CrjfkkzR8S

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london bridge is (metaphorically) falling down. Avoid if you can this eve - all trains cancelled #londonbridge

Latest information after signal fire

Owing to signalling problems at London Bridge all lines are blocked.

Latest advice to Southeastern commuters.

Hayes Line Services- Suspended

Bexleyheath Line Services- Suspended

Gillingham to London Services will terminate and start back from Dartford

An hourly shuttle service will run between Dartford and Sidcup

An hourly shuttle service will run between Dartford and Plumstead Mainline Services via Ashford will be diverted to and from London Victoria

Hastings services will Terminate and start back from Orpington

Tunbridge Wells services will Terminate and start back from Tonbridge

Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross/ Cannon Street services are suspended.

All Southeastern passengers are currently able to travel on All Southeastern High Speed services.

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