Southern urges people to travel by train earlier today due to storm

Rail news.
Rail news.

Train operator Southern is urging people to travel earlier today as services are highly likely to be significantly disrupted or cancelled this evening (Monday December 23).

There is a possibility of the tracks being blocked by fallen trees tonight which will need to be cleared before services can resume.

The Sussex area will see heavy persistent rain today with wind speeds in excess of 60mph and gusts up to 80mph.

A statement on Southern’s website said: “Because of the high winds Southern trains will run at reduced speeds from 1600 today which will lead to some trains being cancelled and delays to others.

“There is a possibility of line blockages during the evening due to fallen trees which may lead to greater disruption.

“If you are able to travel earlier than you usually would today you are advised to do so.

“In order to ensure safe operation on Tuesday December 24 routes will need to be checked and any obstructions cleared before train services can start.

“This is highly likely to lead to services being significantly disrupted or cancelled and it may take some time to clear routes, depending on the extent of damage caused by the storm.”

Passengers are asked to check before they travel and to plan for a later start of train services on Tuesday morning.

They should check their service prior to travel either at www.southernrailway.com or at www.nationalrail.co.uk

Bear in mind that decisions over train services are likely to be made at relatively short notice as the situation emerges, so check as close to your planned travelling time as possible.

Advance tickets for today and tomorrow will be accepted for travel on any Southern train on either date.