Travel chaos: Serious disruption to train services between London and Brighton due to engineering works near Gatwick

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Serious disruption on Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink services between London and Brighton is expected to continue all day.

"In the early hours of this morning, an engineering train broke down at Horley whilst carrying out Bank Holiday engineering work," National Rail said.

"Network Rail were unable to gain access to fix and remove the broken down engineering train due to the morning peak. They are now on site and the broken engineering train has moved and is now completing the engineering works. This has eased congestion in the Gatwick Airport area but we will continue to monitor the service.

"One of the London bound and Brighton bound lines still remained blocked. Platform alterations are still expected between East Croydon and Gatwick area while the lines remain blocked. Customers are advised to expect platform alterations and to check the boards and listen out for announcements."

Train services currently running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 40 minutes. And while it is estimated that the works will be completed to provide a normal service with a few alterations during the evening peak, National Rail said disruption is expected until 8pm.

National Rail customer advice

To try and minimise disruption, the train service has been amended as follows:

  • Gatwick Express trains that run from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport in both directions will be suspended.
  • Thameslink Bedford to Three Bridges services will run only between Bedford and London Blackfriars.
  • Thameslink Brighton to London Bridge services will be reduced to one an hour, departing at 32 minutes past the hour and terminating at Gatwick Airport
  • Thameslink services from London Bridge to Brighton will start at Gatwick Airport and run an hourly service at 12 minutes past the hour.
  • Great Western Railway services from Reading to Gatwick Airport will not run between Redhill and Gatwick Airport in both directions.

Alternative Travel Options

Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink customers may use each others' services between London and Brighton.

Southern customers may use:

  • Southeastern services between Hastings and London
  • South West Trains between Portsmouth / Southampton and London
  • Great Western Railway between Redhill and Guildford
  • London Underground for interchange at London Bridge, London Blackfriars, Kings Cross St Pancras and London Victoria
  • Metrobus services between Gatwick and Redhill including Route 100