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Travel Update: ASLEF and RMT Industrial action.

 
 

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Service alterations

Industrial action is affecting Southern services

Southern members of the ASLEF and RMT unions have announced industrial action.

Unfortunately, customers are advised to expect a severely reduced and disrupted service every day while this industrial action is in place.

In addition to this, ASLEF and RMT strikes will affect Southern and Gatwick Express services on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December (RMT conductors' strike)
  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)
  • Friday 16 December (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)
  • Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December (RMT conductors' strike) - changed date
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January (RMT conductors' strike)
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)

Services are expected to be particularly disrupted on the drivers' strike dates with no services on most routes. There is also likely to be increased disruption over the Christmas and New Year period. Journey planners will only be updated 24 hours before the date in question. Travel updates will be available as soon as they are confirmed on this web page.

Southern are very sorry for the continued disruption to your journeys.

More information


Thameslink, Great Northern and London Midland services are not directly affected by the strike action, however these services are expected to be extremely busy.

Information for passengers with tickets booked on strike days:
If you have a ticket booked for a journey that involves travelling on the Southern Rail network on one of the strike days, we will be happy to give you your money back if you decide not to travel.

Alternatively, you can travel on the first non-strike day after your booking though we may not be able to guarantee you a seat as trains are likely to be very busy. Please note: your tickets will only be valid on the first non-strike day after your original booking.

Check before you travel:
Journey Planner has been updated and is showing correct information for today. All other strike dates are incorrectly showing a normal service, and NOT the strike service.

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim. If you decide not to travel, you can get a refund from the company from which you originally bought the ticket.

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Read more about this service alteration here.

Current delays, cancellations and train formation updates

01:35 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 02:18

This train will call additionally at Redhill.
Will be formed of 12 coaches.
This is due to this train making additional stops to maintain customer connections..

01:50 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 02:30

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 09/12/16 01:50 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 02:30.
This is due to industrial action.

02:00 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport due 02:42

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 09/12/16 02:00 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport due 02:42.
This is due to industrial action.

02:50 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 03:30

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 09/12/16 02:50 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 03:30.
This is due to industrial action.

03:00 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport due 03:42

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 09/12/16 03:00 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport due 03:42.
This is due to industrial action.

03:44 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 04:24

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 09/12/16 03:44 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 04:24.
This is due to industrial action.

Some additional information

01:35 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria due 02:18

Will be formed of 12 coaches.

Upcoming works

Amended Southern service from Monday 5 to Friday 9 December

Engineering work is taking place between Three Bridges and Haywards Heath with some lines closed.

The 00:05 London Victoria to Worthing / Eastbourne service will terminate at Three Bridges. Customers for Worthing are advised to travel by replacement bus to Brighton to connect with a train service to Worthing. Customers for Eastbourne are advised a replacement bus will run from Three Bridges to Eastbourne.

The 01:00 and 04:00 London Victoria to Brighton services will be replaced by buses between Three Bridges and Brighton.

The 03:50 Brighton to London Victoria service will be replaced by a bus between between Brighton and Three Bridges.

Tickets will be valid on any replacement bus.

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here

Customers should be aware that Southern services will be severely disrupted from Tuesday 6 December due to RMT and ASLEF industrial action.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Latest updates

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