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Liveblog: Chaos on the trains
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- Train services from Brighton are in chaos this morning after a series of electrical fires overnight destroyed signalling equipment.
- Passengers travelling on almost all services are facing long delays and cancellations.
- Have you been affected? Leave your comments below.
For information about Brighton services Saturday 22nd Dec please click here > http://t.co/yRFuY6n2— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
...Short notice alterations, cancellations and delays of up to 90 minutes can be expected— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
INFO: Owing to major signalling problems at Preston Park 16.00 Victoria to Gatwick will be extended to Three Bridges— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
INFO: Owing to signalling problems the following trains will be cancelled: 16:57 London Bridge to Littlehampton due 18:39— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
...17:17 London Victoria to Littlehampton due 19:00, 17:46 London Victoria to Littlehampton due 19:35.— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
East Sussex Fire and Rescue say the electricity box fires were caused by flooding on the track.
Trains between Haywards Heath and Brighton will have to travel at very reduced speed meaning there is a severe reduction in line capacity...— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
If delayed by more than 30 minutes please claim comp at: http://t.co/XfjmSobM— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
Trains are heading to Three Bridges twice hourly at 7 and 37 mins past the hour.
Network Rail say there is "no evidence" to suggest fire was caused by cable theft. They say the cause is still unexplained and investigations are ongoing. The priority is to get trains moving, a spokesman said.
11:37am Fri 21 Dec 12
There may be an extremely valid reason today however there have been endless signalling failures in Preston Park as well as Balcombe /haywards H area in the past year or so or so.
I travel a lot at the weekend and get frustrated by the improvement work....ie the former engineering work blocking parts of the line to BTN at the weekend.
One has to ask what on earth are they doing doing these days.
Try to get an on time train these days. The OTP has dropped a lot lately.
It was mentioned yesterday at the BBC that if you take the 5 or 10 mn leeway to calculate the OTP that the train companies give themselves, only 57% of the trains actually arrive on time....poor showing when you consider what you pay to travel.
a friend of mine had to go to London at peak time from BTN.....£50 return!! One can expect to be on-time when paying so much.
So it would be interesting to know why the fire happened and if it was the result of endless failures in that area which have never been properly fixed.
RT @jay1sheaz: Okay, southern rail this has gone too far! There is pretty much the whole of the population of trains at Brighton Station— @brightonstation 21 December 2012
We have a service half hourly trains running between Brighton and three bridges till further notice. #brighton #prestonpark— @brightonstation 21 December 2012
11:25am Fri 21 Dec 12
I would just go home and claim I couldnt get to work, no one needs the hassle before Christmas.
11:19am Fri 21 Dec 12
I was one of the many stuck on the train from 12am for over 2 hours while they delt with the fire and then turned back on the eletrics so we could move into the station! Not a nice end to a nice day in London and as usual communication with what was going on was awful!
Network Rail say all lines from Brighton should be reopened by 4pm. They're hoping service will be completely back to normal for the Christmas rush tomorrow.
No trains Lewes to Brighton - use buses instead.
Network Rail advise only one service per hour between Brighton and Victoria. Apologies for any Inconvience— @SouthernRailUK 20 December 2012
Hi Guys, Pictures of what caused this mornings disruption: http://t.co/zYfWYbkA— @FirstCC 21 December 2012
RT @brightonstation: Feelin' hot hot hot! MT @petesykes:The cause of the problems... http://t.co/Y2rMCShs #PrestonPark— @_overexposed_ 21 December 2012
10:06am Fri 21 Dec 12
I was stuck on the train just outside Preston Park last night for 2 hours, I just want to say thanks to the driver for doing his best to keep us informed as to what was going on. He was clearly as frustrated as us but was always patient and never panicked and I think that helped the atmosphere on the train.
There are no trains at Falmer in any direction. Buses are accepting train tickets.
@YamaYamaBird Apocalypse has started already ... train station fire at Preston Park delaying my journey for 90 minutes!— @PaulBond2011 21 December 2012
9:29am Fri 21 Dec 12
There is always chaos on the trains. Whats different today?
At Preston Park station, frustrated commuters have been queueing for more than an hour for a rail replacement bus to Haywards Heath. Mark Kelly, who works for the Sunday Times in Wapping, said: "It's incredibly annoying because no one's told us what's going on. God knows when I'll actually get to work."
End of the world? End of the trains more like. Trains to London from Worthing/Brighton cancelled. Drove to Gatwick, now signalling probs!— @southcoastdavid 21 December 2012
#PrestonPark Buses are replacing trains between Brighton and Haywards Heath.— @SouthernRailUK 21 December 2012
There's a train boarding! Floods of people going for it.— @Luke1972 21 December 2012
Whilst it is chaos at Brighton there are a lot of staff on concourse to speak to passengers & they are giving bottles of water out too.— @Luke1972 21 December 2012
Waiting in a huge que at brighton station for a bus. A fire at Preston park has stopped all mainline trains.— @Hamptons_HHeath 21 December 2012
GOOD MORNING. Due to serious disruption on the trains this morning we are accepting customers holding rail tickets.in all areas.— @BrightonHoveBus 21 December 2012
RT @SHWPlanning @jon_pratty @southernrail 2 hours stuck on a train...people getting angry understandably btw...no power? Plug it in..easy— @jon_pratty 21 December 2012
First Capital Connect and Southern trains are accepting tickets on each others services.
RT @Brightonfeed: One Hour 45 min stranded on a train PrestonPark brighton @southernrail @networkrail? walkingisfaster carriage 1 ... http://t.co/vssCkWhb— @ali_rez 21 December 2012
Due to rail replacement buses at the rear of Brighton Station. Services 21 & 38 are unable to serve the rear of the station.— @BrightonHoveBus 21 December 2012
RT @hheath_police: Welcome to the people of #Brighton currently enduring a replacement bus service tour of Haywards Heath. Hope your day improves.— @NeilMundy 21 December 2012
Brighton and Hove Buses announce they are accepting customers holding rail tickets in all areas.
The blaze also meant power was cut off to some nearby houses.
By the time workers from UK Power Networks switched the power off, the fire had caused considerable damage. It was finally extinguished at around 3am.
They managed to put out two of the fires, but were unable to batle the largest blaze in a substation as the power was still on.
He says crews arrived to find the fire had spread to three boxes between Brighton Station and Preston Park.
A fireman from Preston Park station says a fire broke out in an electricity box on the railways at about midnight.
Passengers are being told to expect delays of up to 90 minutes to their journey.
Alternative road transport is being arranged to operate between Brighton and Haywards Heath / Three Bridges.
There will also be alterations and cancellations affecting some trains to and from Eastbourne and Littlehampton.
Mayhem as hundreds of people queue at Brighton and Preston Park stations.
Southern Rail say they will only be able to operate two trains each hour between Brighton and Haywards Heath after 7am in both directions.