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Flooding closes Brighton mainline - as it happened
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- No trains running between Brighton and Hassocks.
- Both Southern and First Capital Connect affected.
- On Southern a half hourly service will run between Hassocks and Haywards Heath, calling at Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield. Rail replacement buses will run from Brighton to Hassocks.
- Passengers for London from stations east of Worthing and the east coast should travel via Lewes.
- Passengers for London from stations west of Worthing should travel via Barnham and the Arun Valley.
- On FCC two trains per hour northbound from Hassocks towards Bedford. Passengers travelling from Brighton are advised to use Southern services or to seek alternative transport.
- Two trains per hour southbound from Bedford towards Hassocks.
- Tell us how you have been affected by using the comments below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
On that cheery note we will bring this liveblog to a close. Best of luck to those still attempting to travel on the trains today. Check the Argus website for travel updates throughout the day and on your journey home.
And why not tell us your thoughts on today's commute. Was it as bad as all that? Did you get to work quicker than you thought? And should there be a second line so incidents like this do not have such a big impact?
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For those unaware, today's train woes are due to groundwater flooding in Patcham.
The Environment Agency has been monitoring the situation.
As of this morning the water level is 48.14 metres AOD (above ordnance datum).
Southern and Network Rail said yesterday anything above 47m would mean the line would have to close as flooding would damage signalling equipment.
There are pumps in place to try and divert the water but it has been rising over the past fortnight and continues to rise at the moment.
The upshot of all this is that it is unlikely the Brighton mainline will be reopened in the immediate future.
The groundwater level will first have to stop rising - and there is about a four day lag between rainfall and its effect on the water level - and then it needs to drop back below 47m AOD.
INFO: 09:49 Brighton to London Victoria has been cancelled owing to flooding— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 17, 2014
Travel news for Brighton Today: YOU CANT LEAVE!— Ben Nuttall (@irbenji) February 17, 2014
A little more info from that Which? survey to mull over while you're on your journey or finally sitting down at work.
The survey, conducted among 7,415 UK adults in November 2013 showed:
- 16% of all passengers experienced a delay on their last journey, with this figure rising to 26% for commuters;
- 21% of commuters said they were likely to have stood on their last journey:
- 11% said toilets were not in good working order. This rose to 20% for London Midland , 19% for Southeastern and 17% for First Capital Connect (FCC):
- 11% said they had cause to complain about the last journey they had taken, but 75% did not officially complain. Of those who did complain, more than half (55%) were dissatisfied with how it was handled.
Just seen an article today about train passenger satisfaction based on a survey by Which?
Southeastern are bottom of the pile with 40% satisfaction, First Capital Connect have 41% and Southern have 46%. To add context the top operator was Merseyrail with 70%.
I wonder if those results would be the same after today?
@thebrightontwit Left home at 6, bus to Brighton, London train via Lewes v delayed, now only at Gatwick. You?— Westdene Butchers (@WestdeneButcher) February 17, 2014
INFO: Owing to flooding, the 10:25 Seaford to Brighton service has been cancelled— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 17, 2014
INFO: Owing to flooding, the 11:25 Seaford to Brighton service has been cancelled— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 17, 2014
A little video I shot at the station bus queues this morning:
It's fair to say this is not the only Tweet this morning from irate commuters on other parts of the network wondering why an issue near Brighton is affecting them. Valid question?
@FirstCC why only 2 trains per hour from St Albans when it's the tunnel at BRIGHTON that's flooded?— Phil Yorke (@mundocuadro) February 17, 2014
INFO: Owing to flooding, the 08:49 London Victoria to Brighton service has been cancelled— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 17, 2014
Feeling rather jammy I got my normal train from Hassocks... Seems all hell has broken loose in Brighton due to Patcham flooding.— Richard Mitchelson (@rich_mitch) February 17, 2014
Looking like most people have heeded warnings and allowed a lot of extra time for their journeys. Brighton station practically empty now.
Rail replacement buses at #Brighton station this morning apparently out of 60s transport museum #mustbedesperate— @JennyJohnson10 17 February 2014
No trains to Brighton... Over 3 hours to get to work today then! #joke— @bailey11_ 17 February 2014
Living in #Brighton and working in London is actually becoming impossible. #Trains #Chaos— @michael_taggart 17 February 2014
Do not get a bus to Hassocks. Ignore @SouthernRailUK staff at Brighton. You won't get on a train there for a long time.— @DavidHaddrell 17 February 2014
The next big test will be seeing how many people try and get on the 8.17 service via London.
Lewes station - last London train didn't even stop @bypeterbrighton http://t.co/OvOZzKzOLs— @palmeirasquare 17 February 2014
Fair play to the staff at the station this morning. It's cold and spitting but they are greeting grumpy commuters in a friendly and helpful manner.
Lots of people heading for the buses.
I am now standing in Brighton station. Quite empty but that's likely to be as there is no train to London on the departures board.
Right, technology willing, this blog is going mobile. If there are no updates for a little while then technology has failed me.
Brighton commuters clearly don't get trains joining at Lewes. Go ahead squeeze in the front 4, I'll be down the back stretching my legs out— Simon Baker (@mrlebon) February 17, 2014
@bypeterbrighton I am managing so far. Very busy.— Brighton Station (@brightonstation) February 17, 2014
So who is at Hassocks? What is it like there? Are the buses running ok to Brighton?
Our buses are leaving Hassocks Station for Brighton Station at xx:10 and xx:40 minutes past the hour. They connect with arriving #FirstCC.— Hassocks Railway Stn (@HassocksStation) February 17, 2014
In among the chaos of those geetting to London, I've just seen the Brighton to Seaford line is also on a reduced service today:
There will be a reduced service in place between Brighton and Seaford. From 09.40 until 16.40, the 40 minutes past each hour service from Brighton to Seaford will not run, and from 10.25 until 17.25, the 25 minutes past each hour service from Seaford to Brighton will be cancelled.
Times of trains Brighton trains to London Victoria via Lewes (note there will be extended journey times): 08.17, 08.49 and then every 30 minutes at 19 and 49 minutes past each hour until 21.49, then the last departure to Victoria will depart at 23.05 These trains will call at Lewes, Wivelsfield, Haywards Heath, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and Clapham Junction.
This one doesn't affect you if you're driving to London but worth knowing if you're trying to get to Brighton from the west:
A27 eastbound one lane closed between Lancing Manor and Sussex Pad due to flooding (07:10)— Traffic South (@Traffic_SouthE) February 17, 2014
INFO: Owing to flooding, the 07:04 Three Bridges to London Victoria service has been cancelled— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 17, 2014
Always good to see an optimist in this situation:
Travel carnage at Brighton Station. Fit girls playing curling on TV with the Brits going really well. Highs and lows of a Monday morning😁— Brétt Mendöza (@BrettMendoza) February 17, 2014
@brightonargus it's a bloody joke. These railway ppl have not got a clue. I left at 6 still at Haywoods Heath via Lewes. It's a joke.— Laurence (@BrightonPatriot) February 17, 2014
It seems the flooding is now having a knock-on affect with the buses:
21 & 38 - are unable to serve the rear of Brighton Station as it is congested with rail replacement buses. They will terminate in Fleet St— B&H Buses (@BrightonHoveBus) February 17, 2014
Looking ahead to tonight, the transport manager for Brighton and Hove Albion has said the closure will be in place tonight when the Seagulls play Hull in the FAC Cup.
There will be two trains per hour via Lewes for the game but those heading to or from stations north of Brighton are likely to be affected.
First photo of Brighton station this morning:
If you're going to brighton on a train this morning, think again— @decidge 17 February 2014
Monday morning: most direct Brighton trains cancelled. 3 trains and a bus required. Whyyyy?! #cryinginside— @ExploreDuJour 17 February 2014
Seeing reports that a rail replacement bus has had a collision in Trafalgar Street in Brighton. Will try and confirm that as soon as possible.
Anyone know what the queue for replacement buses is like at #brighton? Undecided... Lewes or Hassocks!— @RCommuter 17 February 2014
The roads seem to be clear if you have decided to ditch the train and drive instead but I will keep you updated on that front.
Brighton Station does not sound like a fun place to be this morning.— @hannaneter 17 February 2014
Passengers for London from stations east of Worthing and the east coast should travel via Lewes.
Passengers for London from stations west of Worthing should travel via Barnham and the Arun Valley.
If you are travelling to London today then you have to get a rail replacement bus from Brighton to Hassocks.
There is then a half hourly service from Hassocks to Haywards Heath calling at Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield. You can then change at Haywards Heath for a train to London.
If you are travelling on First Capital Connect then you need to get a rail replacement bus to Hassocks. From there two trains an hour will run to Bedford.
Flooding in Patcham has meant there are no trains running between Brighton and Hassocks.
This is affecting both Southern and First Capital Connect services.
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