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Delay Repay compensation

We know how frustrating train delays can be, and we do our best to keep you moving. But if you’re delayed by 15 minutes or more, you may be entitled to compensation.

What is Delay Repay? 

Delay Repay is a national scheme that train companies use to compensate you for unexpected delays and cancellations

If you arrive 15 minutes or more late at your destination because of a delay or cancellation to a Southern service, you can claim Delay Repay compensation. The amount of compensation you are entitled to depends on the length of delay and your ticket type.

Details of the scheme are outlined in our Passenger's Charter which is available at all our staffed stations or online on the Passenger's Charter page.

How to claim Delay Repay

You need to apply for compensation online or by post within 28 days of your delayed journey. We'll respond to your claim within 20 working days, however unless there has been a period of disruption you should hear back from us within 5 days.

Please note that each individual traveller must submit their own delay repay claim (unless it is for a child or under mitigating circumstances - please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this page for more information. If you submit multiple claims for the same journey these will be declined and will add a delay to you receiving any compensation due.

To complete the online or printed form, you’ll need proof of travel. Valid proof of travel depends on what type of ticket you have.

Apply online

If you create an online account with us, we will store your personal information, season ticket details and repayment preferences which will save you time if you need to apply for Delay Repay in the future. You can also benefit from the full range of repayment options.

Scanning and uploading images

  • You can only upload one image per claim. If you are uploading images of several documents, please scan them all as a single image
  • The maximum size for scanned images is 1MB each

Apply online

Apply by post

Download, print and post your form to claim Delay Repay compensation.

Please note: we can’t accept financial information by post, so the repayment options are more limited.

Send your form and supporting documents to:

Govia Thameslink Railway

Download the form

All claims are checked and verified. Southern reserves the right to prosecute fraudulent claimants. Claims must be made by the person who experienced the delay except under mitigating circumstances.

Our policy does not affect your legal rights. For more information about your legal rights please contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Trading Standards office.

Get refunded easily with a Key Smartcard

When you register for a Key Smartcard, and sign up for Auto Delay Repay in your account, you may find claiming for delays more straightforward and hassle-free.

Find out more about Auto Delay Repay.

Frequently asked questions about Delay Repay

Period Volume of delay compensation claims received Volume of delay compensation claims approved Value of total delay compensation paid Average time for claims to be processed in working days
Period 1 (01/04/2023 - 29/04/2023) 12,490 10,406 £74,951.90 1.9
Period 2 (30/04/2023 - 27/05/2023) 22,736 15,695 £152,562.80 1.9
Period 3 (28/05/2023 - 24/06/2023) 31,590 24,535 £213,593.90 2.1
Period 4 (25/06/2023 - 22/07/2023)" 30,593 23,358 £178,699.60 2.1
Period 5 (23/07/2023 - 19/08/2023)" 22,248 16,638 £145,310.90 2.2
Period 6 (20/08/2023 - 16/09/2023)" 21,285 17,845 £150,609.70 2.2
Period 7 (17/09/2023 - 14/10/2023)" 22,381 17,701 £144,964.40 2
Period 8 (15/10/2023 - 11/11/2023) 35,034 28,981 £203,942.40 2
Period 9 (13/11/2022 - 10/12/2022) 29,293 26,336 £165,055.60 2
Period 10 (11/12/2022 - 07/01/2023) 41,297 26,125 £222,775.80 2.1
Period 11 (07/01/2024 - 03/02/2024) 25,421 20,721 £157,285.30 1.9
Period 12 (04/02/2024 - 02/03/2024) 25,231 19,904 £158,235.80 1.9
Period 13 (03/03/2024 - 31/03/2024) 24,129 20,729 £135,180.70 2