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RMT Strike Action announced for 3rd and 5th October


You are here: Home > Your journey > RMT strike Friday 1 and Monday 4 September 2017 > Travel advice for the amended timetable

Travel advice for the amended timetable

Last updated 4.30pm 19 July 

Please use the 'Buy tickets' function on this website to plan a journey less than 48 hours in advance, however please check again before travelling for any on-the-day alterations.

Service overview

A map showing the effect on services by route

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service. See below for details of ticket acceptance on alternative routes. Journey times will be extended
  • On routes shown in brown, there will be a reduced service and you are advised to allow longer for your journey and to avoid peak times if possible
  • On routes shown with a dashed line, there will be a limited service at peak times only

Most routes will retain a Southern train service. On other routes, we have arranged ticket acceptance as detailed further down this page. Key alterations include:

  • No off-peak Gatwick Express service between Gatwick Airport and Brighton (a limited peak service will operate)
  • No Southern service to/from Beckenham Junction
  • No service between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia (a limited peak service will operate between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction)
  • No direct service between London and either Portsmouth or Southampton (a change of trains will be required)
  • Very limited peak services between Tulse Hill, Peckham Rye and London Bridge
  • No Southern peak-only service to/from Guildford
  • No Southern peak-only service to/from Wimbledon
  • An hourly service will operate between Seaford and Brighton
  • Ashford to Rye / Hastings peak-hour additional services will not run
  • Ashford to Rye / Hastings buses will replace some peak-hour services
  • Off peak London Victoria to Reigate and Tonbridge services will be replaced by a Tonbridge to Reigate (via Redhill) service
  • Off peak fast services between Redhill and London will not operate

On routes with a reduced service, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for your journey.

How do I plan my journey?

Planning a journey less than 48 hours in advance

If you are travelling within the next 48 hours, please plan your journey using the ‘Buy Tickets’ function on the left hand side of this website to plan your journey.

Planning a journey more than 48 hours in advance

To plan your journey more than 48 hours in advance, please use the PDF timetables below and not on-line journey planners as these may continue to show the normal timetable including trains that will not operate. 

We will publish train times in on-line journey planners (e.g. National Rail and our own ‘buy tickets’ functionality) at least 48 hours before they operate. Please note that the Transport for London journey planner may take longer to update so you are advised not to plan Southern journeys at

The PDF timetables below show the timetable we intend to operate.

PDF 1 Brighton to Gatwick and London
PDF 2 Haywards Heath to Brighton and London
PDF 3 Gatwick Airport to London
PDF 4 Redhill & Reigate to Gatwick Airport and London
PDF 5 Crawley and Three Bridges to London
PDF 6 Eastbourne and Lewes to London and Brighton
PDF 7 Lewes to Brighton
PDF 9 Hastings and Bexhill to London and Brighton
PDF 10 Hastings to Ashford International
PDF 11 Littlehampton and Worthing to London and Brighton
PDF 12 Brighton to Hove
PDF 13 Southampton, Portsmouth and Chichester to Brighton 
PDF 14 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton
PDF 15 Crawley and Horsham
PDF 16 Southampton, Portsmouth and Chichester to London
PDF 17 Uckfield and Crowborough to Oxted and London 
PDF 18 East Grinstead and Oxted to Croydon and London 
PDF 19 Tonbridge and Edenbridge to Redhill and London
PDF 20 Croydon and Claphm Jn to Watford Jn and Milton Keynes
PDF 21 East Croydon to London
PDF 22 Purley to London
PDF 23 Epsom and Sutton to Croydon and London 
PDF 24 Horsham, Dorking and Leatherhead to London
PDF 25 Tattenham Corner to Purley, Croydon and London
PDF 26 Caterham to Purley, Croydon and London
PDF 27 Selhurst and Balham to London Victoria 
PDF 28 London Victoria to London Bridge via Crystal Palace
PDF 30 Norwood Junction and Crystal Palace to London Victoria 
PDF 31 Norwood Junction and Forest Hill to London Bridge
PDF 32 Beckenham Junction and Crystal Palace to London Bridge
PDF 33 Streatham, Tulse Hill and Peckham Rye to London Bridge
PDF 34 Gatwick Express London to Gatwick Airport
PDF 35 Gatwick Express London to Brighton

Alternatives if trains aren’t running or are limited on my route

Can I use my ticket on other train operators’ services, the tube, London buses or local buses?
In the event that services are amended, we have approached all transport operators that provide a service on affected routes and details of those that are able to accept are as follows if Southern services are disrupted:

  • Brighton & Hove bus services:
    Brighton & Hove buses will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.
  • Great Western Railway:
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    • Gatwick Airport and Guildford
    • Brighton and Southampton Central
    • Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central
  • London Buses:
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys as follows:
    • Tulse Hill and West Norwood on routes 2, 432, 468, 68 & 196
    • Crystal Palace and Beckenham Junction on route 358
    • Peckham Rye and Herne Hill via North Dulwich on route 37
    • Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate on routes 171, 177, 436 and 136
    • Route 405 between Redhill and West Croydon via Merstham
  • London Midland:
    London Midland will accept rail tickets for reasonable journeys between London Euston and Milton Keynes central.
  • London Overground:
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    • West Croydon, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye and Canada Water
    • Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
    • Watford Junction and London Euston
  • London Trams:
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys across the whole London Trams network.
  • London Underground:
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between the following points only:
    • Canada Water and London Bridge
    • Balham and London Victoria / London Bridge / London Euston
    • London Bridge and London Euston 
    • London Victoria and Monument (not Bank)
    • London Victoria and London Euston
    • London Victoria and London Blackfriars
  • Metrobus:
    Metrobus will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.
  • Southeastern:
    Southeastern will accept the following:
    • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Birkbeck can use train services to / from Elmers End
    • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park or Brockley can use train services to / from Nunhead
    • Rail tickets will be accepted for reasonable journeys between:
      • Hastings and London via Tonbridge
      • London and Denmark Hill / Peckham Rye
      • Ashford International and London
  • South West Trains:
    South West trains will accept rail tickets for reasonable journeys between:
    • Dorking and London Waterloo via Epsom
    • Portsmouth Harbour / Havant and Southampton Central
  • Thameslink:
    • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park and Brockley can also use Nunhead or Crofton Park instead.
    • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of London Victoria can use Thameslink services to / from London Blackfriars or London Bridge.
    • Rail tickets routed ‘Southern Only’ will be accepted on Thameslink services between Brighton and London Bridge / London Blackfriars.
    • Should they wish to do so, ticket holders with an origin or destination of stations between Wembley Central and Milton Keynes Central for journeys to / from south of London, can use their ticket at their nearest station on the Thameslink route between London and Bedford to travel on Thameslink (but not East Midlands Trains) services to be able to complete their journey.

Will you pay for taxis or provide replacement buses if there are no trains?
We are working hard to ensure that a train service will operate on as many routes as possible and have arranged for your tickets to be accepted on other operators as detailed above. We will therefore not be able to provide taxis and you should allow extra time as necessary for your journey.

I’m travelling to or from the airport on a day affected by the industrial action, what can I do? 
If you are planning to use our services for travel to or from an airport, please check the effect on your journey using the information above. You are advised to allow plenty of time for your journey. We do not provide compensation for missed flights etc.

I’ve booked assisted travel or intend to do so, what should I do?
If you have already booked assistance, you are strongly advised to check your journey. If it is affected by the amended timetable, please contact us on 0800 138 1016 to discuss your requirements. If you require assistance and haven’t already done so, you are strongly urged to contact us to discuss your requirements even if you normally do not.

I’m using your service as part of a longer journey involving other train operators, what about me?
If you hold an Anytime, Off Peak or Super Off Peak ticket and wish to travel on an earlier Southern train service to meet your connecting train please check your journey on the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

If you hold an Advance ticket please be aware that the only part of your journey that has the mandatory reservation (the train you must catch) is with the long distance train operator e.g. with an Advance ticket from Eastbourne to Manchester Piccadilly you can catch any train from Eastbourne to London that will ensure you catch the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly.

Can I drive to an alternative station and park for free?
Car park tickets are only valid for the station car park that they were purchased for.

Can I take my bicycle on the train?
The normal peak-time cycle restrictions will remain in place on strike days. Please check our cycle policy for more information.

Will first class accommodation be available to Standard Class ticket holders?
First Class accommodation will be available only to First Class ticket holders. We will continue to monitor this situation and communicate any revisions.

Will peak travel restrictions still apply?
All the normal time restrictions on the use of the Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets will remain in place as will time restrictions on railcards.