VIDEO: Fire on tracks outside Gatwick Airport

Rail services to and from Gatwick Airport are facing long delays after a fire broke out on the tracks.

Southern Rail said a small fire broke out on a section of track outside the airport earlier this morning (Tuesday July 26).

The blaze has since been extinguished but the electrical third rail and surrounding cables have been damaged, the rail service provider said.

Sign up to our daily SussexWorld Today newsletter

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Trains are running but are being cancelled or delayed by up to 35 minutes due to the issue.

A spokesman for Southern Rail said: “While this equipment is repaired, our trains are unable to use some of the available lines through Gatwick Airport.

“Network Rail, who own and maintain the signalling and track, are attending the problem and will be providing updates to us.”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage

2) Like our Facebook page

3) Follow us on Twitter

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

Always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.