Travel news: Rail strike hits Southern services

Rail strike - the picket line at Horsham station this morning
Rail strike - the picket line at Horsham station this morning

Many Southern rail services are cancelled today, with many more lines running a reduced service.

A rail strike, originally planned for Friday May 20, has been moved to today.

Passengers are warned that there may be long queues at the stations that are open.

If you are travelling to stations between Crawley and Chichester, between Hove and Littlehampton / Bognor Regis, or between London Road and Eastbourne, your last connecting train from London may be as early as 4.30pm.

Southern has announced that no service is expected on these routes:

Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes via Kensington Olympia

Dorking to Horsham

Oxted to Uckfield

Haywards Heath to Lewes

Preston Park to Hove

Lewes to Seaford

Eastbourne to Ashford International via Hastings (Southeastern services will operate between St Leonards Warrior Square and Hastings as normal)

Chichester to Havant / Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central (South West Trains and Great Western Railway services will operate between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central as normal)

Redhill to Tonbridge

Redhill to Reigate (Great Western Railway services will operate on this route as normal)

Earlswood, Salfords and Faygate stations will not be served

A limited service is expected to run on the following routes:

London Bridge - East Grinstead

Three Bridges - Chichester

Brighton - Bognor Regis

Brighton - Eastbourne

London Victoria - Three Bridges

A revised service is expected to run between London and Brighton

Southern Metro and Thameslink services will operate as normal, but trains on many routes are expected to be extremely busy. Gatwick Express services will be largely unaffected but all are expected to be extremely busy with some trains unable to call at certain stations. Passengers are advised to allow more time for your journey and to avoid peak times.

Passengers may use the following services on any reasonable route:

Southeastern (excluding high speed services)

South West Trains

London Overground

London Underground

Croydon Tramlink

Great Western Railway

London Midland

Anyone who already has a ticket but decides not to travel today can return the ticket to the original retailer for a full refund.

For more information visit: http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike

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