Uckfield Line commuters brace for another week of misery on the trains

Update: The third train of Monday morning, the key 06:30 service from Uckfield was cancelled.

Commuters on the Uckfield Line return to work this morning (June 20) knowing they face another difficult week.

A strike planned for tomorrow (June 21) will see no trains on the line between Uckfield and Hurst Green.

And, just as last week, passengers will expect short-notice cancellations of services because of “staff shortages”.

Last Thursday the BBC transport correspondent, Richard Westcott, examined the train operator’s woes in an online piece headlined: Britain’s biggest rail franchise in chaos.

Last Monday was one of the worse days for cancellations when successive peak-time departures from London Bridge did not operate.

Two successive mid-evening services – when it is an hourly service – were pulled on Tuesday while the last train home was axed on both the Thursday and Friday.

The short notice for many cancellations exasperated passengers.

In addition, many services which did run arrived at Uckfield late.

Some passengers spoke on social media of journeys home from London Bridge taking four hours or more and said it was an appalling service.

Southern statement about the “ongoing disruption due to train crew availability”

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