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Services are disrupted due to ongoing train crew shortages. For the latest updates please visit our homepage.


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Ongoing disruption to Southern services due to train crew availability

Southern services continue to be severely affected by train crew availability including a high level of conductor sickness, which is leading to some services being cancelled for part or all of their journey.

It is not practical to replace every cancelled service with a bus replacement and in many cases it will be most appropriate to wait for the next train that is running. This may mean longer delays at stations awaiting the next service. We strongly advise that before you leave for the station you visit the live departure boards page to check your journey.

On a single journey many Southern services will have one of more changes of conductor en-route. This is leading to a large number of services being cancelled for part of their journey. This is on top of the full cancellations to services that are also occurring as a result of the shortages. To help make things more predictable, a small number of train services will be cancelled in advance each day. A list of the services which have been cancelled in advance are available here.

Where Southern discover late notice crew issues, this may result in trains being delayed waiting for an alternative conductor to be arranged. If no alternative can be found, this can lead to a short notice cancellation. This is particularly disruptive to the train service as it requires that passengers must leave the train before it moves clear of the main lines, which takes time. While this is taking place, other train services can quickly become stuck in a queue or have to use alternative lines or platforms, causing further delay to trains.

Southern are working around the clock to deal with these service-affecting situations as quickly as possible and to give as much warning of cancellations as possible. Please check live departure boards for the latest information of services from your station.

Alternative travel options passengers may use:

  • Brighton and Hove Buses between Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea (Route 2) and between Brighton and Eastbourne via Seaford (Route 12).
  • Great Western Railway / Metrobus between Redhill and Reigate.
  • Thameslink between Brighton and London Bridge.

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Current delays, cancellations and train formation updates

23:42 London Bridge to Caterham due 00:35

This train will be starting late from London Bridge and is expected to be 11 minutes late.
This is due to train crew being delayed.

Upcoming works

Amended Southern services to and from Uckfield until the end of July

As part of the Network Rail investment programme, improvement works are taking place in the Uckfield area until the end of July 2016.

Some late night midweek trains will be replaced by buses between Oxted and Uckfield.

For further information on these improvement works please view here

Planning your Journey

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

Buses replace trains between Oxted and East Grinstead on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July

Engineering work is taking place between Oxted and East Grinstead closing all lines. Read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses will replace trains between Oxted and East Grinstead.

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

There are currently no issues reported.