'Endangered bird' forces power to be switched off at Sussex railway station

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An ‘endangered species of bird’ has forced the power to be turned off to some platforms at a Sussex railway station this evening (Tuesday, April 2).

Southern Rail reported the unusual incident just before 7pm.

A statement on X (formerly Twitter) read: “We have been informed that we have an endangered species of bird (Herring Gull) on the tracks at Brighton.

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“Power to some platforms will need to be switched off at 7pm whilst the bird is moved away from the railway.

Southern Rail. Photo: Sussex World / stock imageSouthern Rail. Photo: Sussex World / stock image
Southern Rail. Photo: Sussex World / stock image

“Platforms 4, 5 and 6 will need to be closed until approximately 7.30pm to allow responders to attend.

“Some Thameslink and Gatwick Express services will terminate before they get to Brighton, returning north from alternative stations such as Preston Park, Haywards Heath or Three Bridges.”

Passengers have been asked to ‘please leave around 20 minutes of extra time’ to complete journeys and check departures ‘before you go to the station’.

A spokesperson added: “You may need to use an alternative train. As other platforms can be used, your normal route will still be open.”

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