Reduced rail travel on the London to Brighton line this weekend – In Your Area

Heavy rain has caused movement on the railway embankment near Salfords

Submitted for publication by Leonard Bennett of Network Rail

Network Rail will be closing two of the four lines in the Salfords area in Surrey, near Gatwick, on three days this weekend to secure the railway embankment to prevent a landslip. Passengers are being asked to check before travelling as a reduced service will be in operation.

Currently a speed restriction of 5mph is in place on this section of track after heavy rain has caused movement on a section of the embankment. Repairs will allow the temporary speed restriction to be removed and train services are expected to run as normal from Tuesday, January 12..

Passengers should expect a reduced service between the south coast, London and Cambridge, and to plan ahead at late on the evening before travel. There will be a revised train service on Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday, January 11 across the Southern and Thameslink network.

Shaun King, route director, Sussex said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this emergency closure may cause the community at Salfords.

“The safety of passengers is of the utmost importance, so we have taken the decision to close the lines whilst we undertake this vital repair work.

“We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time.”

Angie Doll, managing director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “I’m sorry for the disruption these emergency repairs will cause to people who must travel this weekend on the Brighton Main Line, for essential journeys only.

“We ask passengers to please allow plenty of extra time, check train times in advance at or, and follow the rules, of hands, face and space.

“Tickets can be used on local bus services if necessary. You can also claim Delay Repay compensation if your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more.”