Flooding causes delays for commuters

Flooding in Balcombe, south of Crawley in Sussex is causing delays on the roads and trains for people trying to get into and out of London

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Southern trains cancelled due to flooding

AA warns of risk of driving through floods

A car drives through flood water near Chertsey, Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The AA said it recovered 100 vehicles from flood water, mostly across Surrey and Essex, following torrential overnight rain.

Darron Burness, head of the AA's flood rescue team, said: "It's gone a bit mad today with a massive surge in flood call-outs following the heavy overnight rain.

"Some of the people we went out to this morning got stuck after their cars were swamped by passing lorries. If you risk driving into flood water, you're a sitting duck as the air intake on most cars is pretty low, which makes them very vulnerable.

"Rather than taking a detour, these drivers will be making a rather embarrassing call to their insurer this morning and many will have their pride and joy written off. As well as swamping cars, the bow waves of passing vehicles can flood property too, forcing water into people's homes."


Gatwick passengers warned to leave extra time


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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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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."

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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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