‘Full service tonight’ on Uckfield rail line – Southern

Update at 6.35pm

It’s a struggle for commuters on the journey home from London on the Uckfield Line, compounding a day of misery.

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Commuters can expect a “full service” tonight on the Uckfield Line.

It comes after a day of delays and cancellations with some passengers taking more than two-and-a-half hours to get from Uckfield to a London terminus.

Train operator Southern has issued a statement at 4pm (November 10) which says:

“We currently anticipate running a full service this evening peak on the Uckfield and East Grinstead lines.”

The statement also said:

“Various issues on the Southern network have caused disruption to services on Southern and Thameslink routes.

East Grinstead area

“This morning an engineering train broke down in the East Grinstead area and a passenger train broke down at Tattenham Corner, leading to these lines becoming blocked for a short period.

“This was followed by an operational incident at Norwood Junction, a passenger taken ill at London Victoria and this afternoon we had a train fault which briefly blocked lines between Three Bridges and Haywards Heath.

“Throughout the day we have been working to restore the train service to the booked timetable however, due to the continued incidents and ongoing issues with poor rail conditions it has not been possible and there will be service disruption throughout the evening peak.

“Many of our train crew work different routes throughout the day and due to these incidents a number have been displaced and are not available for their booked journeys resulting in further delay to trains.”

Issues are made worse for Uckfield Line passengers because the platform extension project means there are no trains between the town and Hurst Green after 08.34 with the first train back from London Bridge, the 16.08.

Buses take passengers to Haywards Heath to join Brighton Line trains.

*Southern is warning there may be delays to services because of “poor rail conditions”.

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