Early start for some Uckfield trains to beat autumn leaf fall delays

Some rail services from Uckfield will start earlier during the autumn to allow trains to cope with the autumn leaf fall.

The revised timetable will run from October 8 to December 7.

Southern, the rail operator, said the changes were to ensure services arrived at their final destinations on time.

In a statement it said: “Autumn poses a risk to a very small number of our rural routes which can be vulnerable to poor rail conditions due to leaf fall. We are making the changes to reduce this risk by starting some services a little earlier than usual.

“The routes affected by the changes are particularly susceptible to heavy leaf fall in the areas prior to joining the Brighton Main Line. By starting a few minutes earlier at both the departure station and at stations on the way to the Brighton Main Line, any late running caused by slippery rails should be negated, allowing the train to reach its final destination on time.

“It’s important for our passengers to have the confidence that they will arrive at work on time despite the autumn conditions, and starting some trains on the above routes a little earlier will help achieve this.”

Affected services from Uckfield to London Bridge

07:08 starts three minutes earlier at Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough, Eridge, and Edenbridge Town. Times from Hurst Green, Oxted and East Croydon remain the same.

07:34 Uckfield to London Bridge service starts three minutes earlier at Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough, Eridge and Ashurst. No change at Cowden, Hever, Edenbridge Town, Hurst Green and Oxted.

08:04 Uckfield to London Bridge service starts three minutes earlier at Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough, Eridge, Ashurst, Cowden, Hever and Edenbridge Town. No change at Hurst Green or Oxted.

08:34 Uckfield to London Bridge service starts three minutes earlier at Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough, Eridge, Ashurst, Cowden, Hever, Edenbridge Town and Hurst Green. No change at Oxted.

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