Brace yourselves: Major London Victoria disruption to continue on Friday affecting Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express

 
Rebecca Smith
The trouble is causing major disruption to Southern services
The trouble is causing major disruption to Southern services (Source: Getty)

There is major disruption to and from London Victoria station due to a fault with a signalling system, and that is now expected to last into tomorrow.

National Rail provided an update this morning saying the disruption will continue until at least 7am on Friday 6 July.

Passengers have been advised not to travel via London Victoria due to the overcrowding, with the issue also affecting Thameslink services between Luton and Wimbledon, which have been suspended until further notice.

National Rail said a fault with the signalling system at Streatham Common means all lines are blocked through the station, causing major disruption to Gatwick Express and Southern journeys to and from London Victoria, along with Thameslink services through Streatham, with delays of up to an hour, alterations, and cancellations to journeys expected.

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What's affected and where?

Gatwick Express

Services are currently suspended

Thameslink

Services between Luton and Sutton via Wimbledon are currently suspended. Where possible, additional stops will be added on for customers who require the following stations:

  • West Hampstead Thameslink
  • Cricklewood
  • Hendon
  • Mill Hill Broadway
  • Elstree & Borehamwood
  • Radlett
  • St Albans
  • Harpenden
  • Luton Airport Parkway
  • Luton

Southern

Trains running to and from London Victoria will be cancelled and delayed. Where possible, services will divert via Crystal Palace resulting in the following stations NOT being served:

- Balham.

- Streatham Common.

- Norbury.

- Thornton Heath.

- Selhurst.

Southern services may also divert via London Bridge subject to platform availability.

Work is underway to arrange extra rail replacement buses at key locations to help passengers with their journey, with information on those coming soon.

The signalling fault is affecting one of Govia Thameslink Railway's busiest mainlines and Network Rail engineers have been working throughout the night to fix the signalling issue, but have been unsuccessful so far.

Southeastern services to and from London Victoria are now affected.

The disruption is more trouble for long-suffering GTR passengers, who have been bearing the brunt of problems from a huge timetable shake-up that has led to cancellations and significant disruption.

Yesterday, GTR said a special compensation scheme will be rolled out for those affected.

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express tickets are valid for travel on the following services:
  • Mutually across Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express via any reasonable route
  • South Western Railway between Portsmouth, Southampton, Wimbledon and London Waterloo
  • Southeastern between Hastings, Ashford International and London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street
  • Tramlink between Croydon, Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction
  • London Underground between London Terminals and Wimbledon
  • London Overground between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Clapham Junction and West Croydon
  • London Northwestern Railway between Watford Junction, London Euston and Milton Keynes Central
  • London Buses via any reasonable route
  • Great Western Railway via any reasonable route. Where possible, Great Western Railway will stop additionally at Salfords and Horley on their Reading to Gatwick Airport services
  • Metrobus between Gatwick Airport, Leatherhead, Dorking, Epsom, Redhill and Reigate on routes 21, 93, 100, 270, 281, 291, 400 & 460
  • Brighton and Hove Buses between Brighton, Lewes, Falmer, Newhaven, Seaford, and Eastbourne on routes 28 & 29
  • Southdown Buses between Oxted and East Grinstead via Edenbridge Town on routes 236 & 410
  • Compass Buses between Lewes, Uckfield, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells on routes 228 & 229

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