Rail and road problems following storm


Southern Rail has suspended all services until later this morning following last night’s storm across Sussex.

The company says: “The stormy weather overnight into this morning has caused considerable difficulties for our rail network and the surrounding road network.

“As a result, several lines of route are suffering from a combination of flooding, blockages from fallen trees, power supply failure or potential landslips. We will not be able to gauge the full extent of this damage or the prospect for operating services safely until daylight.

“Currently we are working closely with our colleagues in Network Rail to prioritise the clearing and proving of routes to be safe before trains can operate.

“This means that train services are suspended until this work is complete and we do not expect this to happen until much later this morning.”

Several fallen trees and flooding are also causing problems for drivers.

Among the many roads affected are: the A272 at both Ansty and Haywards Heath; the A281 at Cowfold; A27 at Polegate; Haslett Avenue in Crawley; High Beeches Lane in Handcross; Gatwick Road in Crawley; Mill Road in Burgess Hill and various roads in East Grinstead.