Disruption after floods hit Newhaven

Trains are disrupted and roads closed after high tides caused flooding in Newhaven last night (Thursday December 5).

Areas of Britain were battered by a storm surge coming down from the North Sea yesterday which saw hurricane force winds and the highest tide for almost 60 years.

Newhaven Town railway station was flooded and train operator Southern said services between Brighton and Seaford from Newhaven Harbour would be suspended all day because of the water on the line.

Southern said flooding damaged signalling equipment and affected track stability.

A shuttle train service will operate between Lewes and Brighton all day.

Brighton and Hove bus route 12 is accepting Southern tickets and replacement buses are in operation between Lewes and Seaford.

On the roads, the B2109 Railway Road in Newhaven is closed in both directions between the Norton Road junction and the A26 New Road Junction because of flooding.

The Environment Agency said there is also a low likelihood of significant coastal flooding today (Friday December 6) in East Sussex.

A spokesman said: “There may also be further coastal flooding disrupting transport in East Sussex today. At all other times and places, the flood risk is very low. This forecast is updated regularly, check again for the latest information.”

Floodline: Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 01241112 to get more information visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx