Published on : Tuesday, July 9, 2019
There will be serious disruption to rail travel in London due to low speed derailment near London Victoria might restrict services from the station. There might be delays and diversion.
An update issued by the National Rail this morning mentioned that Belmont, Banstead, Epsom Downs and Battersea Park will not be served and Gatwick Express too is suspended.
In the National Rail’s travel bulletin to train users it was specified that there will be a severely reduced and disrupted service to and from London Victoria this morning.Please leave a significant amount of extra time for journeys.
Commuters were advised to travel to and from London Bridge or Blackfriars instead of London Victoria, as it may be much more comfortable.
The delays are expected to last till the end of the day
The affected routes are Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Brighton
Southern between London Victoria and London Bridge via Crystal Palace / West Croydon / Sutton / Epsom / Epsom Downs / Dorking / East Grinstead / Reigate / Horsham / Brighton / Ore / Littlehampton / Bognor Regis / Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central.
The Southern and Gatwick Expres tickets can be availed by commuters at no extra cost on the Thameslink services on any reasonable route that includes via London Brifge and Blackfrairs.Thameslink services on any reasonable route, including via London Bridge and Blackfriars.Southeastern on reasonable routes to / from London Victoria, it also includes other routes.
Passengers travelling from the Brighton area will need to use Thameslink to London Bridge or Blackfriars instead as the Gatwick Express services have been suspended.
During the morning peak hours train services and stations around South London may be much busier than normal.
At short notice there may be trains amendment and therefore it was recommended to listen carefully to all stations and onboard announcements.
A number of platforms and lines in the London Victoria area will be closed throughout the morning as an overnight derailment of an engineering train outside London Victoria station was still being dealt with.
Platforms 9-13 at London Victoria will remain closed along with the “Up and Down Brighton Slow Lines” which are typically used by Southern’s suburban “Metro” services.
Some trains could not be moved out of the depot at Battersea while trains are still running on the remaining lines and platforms.
However, the capacity for Southern services was severely reduced.