UPDATE at 3pm: The national rail strike has been called off. Normal service on Monday and Tuesday, says Southern.
Southern is advising rail passengers to avoid travelling by train on Monday and Tuesday, May 25, and 26 because of threatened strike action.
The company, which runs trains between Uckfield and London Bridge, says members of the RMT and TSSA trade unions employed by Network Rail have voted in favour of taking industrial action and will stage a 24-hour strike from 17:00 on Monday, May 25.
A press release from Southern says that should the industrial action go ahead Southern and Gatwick Express will only be able to operate an extremely limited train service on the Monday and Tuesday.
The company is advising passengers to avoid travelling on those days.
No services will run until 07.30 then the following services will run until 17:00
Monday, May 25
- 4 trains per hour between Brighton and London Victoria calling at Haywards Heath, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport and East Croydon
- 2 trains per hour between Three Bridges and London Victoria calling at Gatwick Airport and East Croydon
- 4 fast trains per hour between East Croydon and London Victoria
Passengers are advised to allow themselves plenty of time as trains will be extremely busy.
Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday, May 27
Southern intends to run the full weekday service however early morning trains may be disrupted. Please check with National Rail Enquiries before travelling.
Tickets to travel
Customers are advised not to travel on Monday or attempt to travel on Tuesday and to check before travelling on Wednesday. If a ticket to travel on the strike days has already been purchased a refund can be obtained by returning it to the station or the retailer it was purchased from. Alternatively customers can use their ticket (including Advance purchase tickets) to travel on Sunday, May 24, or Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Season ticket holders will be able to obtain compensation via special arrangements. Details of this will be published on the Southern website shortly.