Haywards Heath trains suspended over tunnel safety fears

Rail services have been suspended after engineers were called in to check the safety of a tunnel.

Trains are likely to be suspended all day between Haywards Heath and Three Bridges as engineers work to fix support beams to the inside roof.

Network Rail said there is no issue with the tunnel structure itself but the emergency repairs are needed to prevent water from running onto the roof of trains.

The internal lining of the tunnel became disconnected.

Passengers have reported chaos ay Haywards Heath station with hundreds of people queuing for rail replacement buses.

The buses are being arranged to run between Haywards Heath and Three Bridges and Brighton Main Line services will run between Brighton and Haywards Heath with some services diverted to run via the Arun Valley Line.

Thousands of Leeds fans are due to travel to Brighton this evening for the Championship clash against Albion.

Network Rail said it has spoken to Leeds about the problems and said the club will try and put on extra coaches.

South West Trains, First Capital Connect and Southeastern Trains are accepting Southern tickets on all reasonable routes and the problem is set to continue throughout the morning.

If you are affected by the problems get in contact on 01273 544530 or email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk.

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3:12pm Fri 23 Sep 11

clarkebrighton says...

This is the First & the Last Time these Idiots get into Power.

Nobbody in there right mind will ever Vote for them again !!

Oh Silly me, the Odd Bods & Travellers don't Pay Council Tax do they.
This is the First & the Last Time these Idiots get into Power. Nobbody in there right mind will ever Vote for them again !! Oh Silly me, the Odd Bods & Travellers don't Pay Council Tax do they. clarkebrighton

3:40pm Fri 23 Sep 11

UppityPrimate says...

don't whatever you do fall for the 'go via hastings it'll take 2 hours' line. the train i got this morning was supposed to take 2 hours. i left brighton at 8:15, and arrived in london at 11:15. and now i gotta fight my way back through an under-resourced bus replacement packed with drunk leeds fans. Wondrous!
don't whatever you do fall for the 'go via hastings it'll take 2 hours' line. the train i got this morning was supposed to take 2 hours. i left brighton at 8:15, and arrived in london at 11:15. and now i gotta fight my way back through an under-resourced bus replacement packed with drunk leeds fans. Wondrous! UppityPrimate

4:14pm Fri 23 Sep 11

Anonymous Grange Road says...

Turned up at Portslade station at 8 this morning, saw the issue and recalled from bitter previous experience, so turned on my heel and had the day off. Simples
Turned up at Portslade station at 8 this morning, saw the issue and recalled from bitter previous experience, so turned on my heel and had the day off. Simples Anonymous Grange Road

4:33pm Fri 23 Sep 11

UppityPrimate says...

yeah, i'm seriously regretting my decision not to work from home. note to self- don't be a hero.
yeah, i'm seriously regretting my decision not to work from home. note to self- don't be a hero. UppityPrimate

5:06pm Fri 23 Sep 11

number_6 says...

"emergency repairs are needed to prevent water from running onto the roof of trains."

So what about the water on the roof of the trains when it rains then?
"emergency repairs are needed to prevent water from running onto the roof of trains." So what about the water on the roof of the trains when it rains then? number_6

5:12pm Fri 23 Sep 11

peter lappo says...

Its the wrong sort of water, obvious isn't it.
Its the wrong sort of water, obvious isn't it. peter lappo

5:17pm Fri 23 Sep 11

number_6 says...

peter lappo wrote:
Its the wrong sort of water, obvious isn't it.
Ah you're right. Never thought of that :-)
[quote][p][bold]peter lappo[/bold] wrote: Its the wrong sort of water, obvious isn't it.[/p][/quote]Ah you're right. Never thought of that :-) number_6

6:30pm Fri 23 Sep 11

Rita Snatch says...

My immediate thought also! Water dropping onto the roof of trains that speed through at 60mph minimum!

No, that is whitewash and there is a more serious problem which will potentially cause us total chaos for many months!

This again proves that we urgently require a 4-track rail route with an additional tunnel in use!
My immediate thought also! Water dropping onto the roof of trains that speed through at 60mph minimum! No, that is whitewash and there is a more serious problem which will potentially cause us total chaos for many months! This again proves that we urgently require a 4-track rail route with an additional tunnel in use! Rita Snatch

7:24am Sat 24 Sep 11

Brightonian in Germany says...

Rita Snatch wrote:
My immediate thought also! Water dropping onto the roof of trains that speed through at 60mph minimum!

No, that is whitewash and there is a more serious problem which will potentially cause us total chaos for many months!

This again proves that we urgently require a 4-track rail route with an additional tunnel in use!
The subject of a new tunnel or alternative route running parallel has been discussed since the early 60`s.

I agree with your prognose that is just the start of troubles with the tunnel. That is a typical case of underfunding & complete & total disinterest from the Government & Companies running the so called service.

I doubt very seriously that anyone having responsiblity for the maintance of the line uses the dis"service" themselves!
[quote][p][bold]Rita Snatch[/bold] wrote: My immediate thought also! Water dropping onto the roof of trains that speed through at 60mph minimum! No, that is whitewash and there is a more serious problem which will potentially cause us total chaos for many months! This again proves that we urgently require a 4-track rail route with an additional tunnel in use![/p][/quote]The subject of a new tunnel or alternative route running parallel has been discussed since the early 60`s. I agree with your prognose that is just the start of troubles with the tunnel. That is a typical case of underfunding & complete & total disinterest from the Government & Companies running the so called service. I doubt very seriously that anyone having responsiblity for the maintance of the line uses the dis"service" themselves! Brightonian in Germany

12:06pm Sat 24 Sep 11

puddings3112 says...

the cost of the additional tunnels and bridges all the way to brighton are the excuse for not upgrading but there are two simple options -a full electrification and re-establishment of the uckfield line down to lewes and re-opening of the horsham to shoreham link as a twin track main-line
In both cases west coastway and east coastway services for london can avoid the haywards heath bottle neck allowing that line to focus on brighton mainline services
the cost of the additional tunnels and bridges all the way to brighton are the excuse for not upgrading but there are two simple options -a full electrification and re-establishment of the uckfield line down to lewes and re-opening of the horsham to shoreham link as a twin track main-line In both cases west coastway and east coastway services for london can avoid the haywards heath bottle neck allowing that line to focus on brighton mainline services puddings3112

12:06pm Sat 24 Sep 11

puddings3112 says...

the cost of the additional tunnels and bridges all the way to brighton are the excuse for not upgrading but there are two simple options -a full electrification and re-establishment of the uckfield line down to lewes and re-opening of the horsham to shoreham link as a twin track main-line
In both cases west coastway and east coastway services for london can avoid the haywards heath bottle neck allowing that line to focus on brighton mainline services
the cost of the additional tunnels and bridges all the way to brighton are the excuse for not upgrading but there are two simple options -a full electrification and re-establishment of the uckfield line down to lewes and re-opening of the horsham to shoreham link as a twin track main-line In both cases west coastway and east coastway services for london can avoid the haywards heath bottle neck allowing that line to focus on brighton mainline services puddings3112

4:13pm Sat 24 Sep 11

Brightonian in Germany says...

puddings3112 wrote:
the cost of the additional tunnels and bridges all the way to brighton are the excuse for not upgrading but there are two simple options -a full electrification and re-establishment of the uckfield line down to lewes and re-opening of the horsham to shoreham link as a twin track main-line
In both cases west coastway and east coastway services for london can avoid the haywards heath bottle neck allowing that line to focus on brighton mainline services
You make an extremely good point. I can remember having to travel to London Victoria via Shoreham & Horsham in the early 60´s (with a lovely steam engine, I might add) because of a broken down train on the London Brighton line at Burgess hill. It took ages but as a kid it added to the excitment of the journey.

Bring back the Stenying Stinker I say. If anyone can remember at all what that was?? Lool
[quote][p][bold]puddings3112[/bold] wrote: the cost of the additional tunnels and bridges all the way to brighton are the excuse for not upgrading but there are two simple options -a full electrification and re-establishment of the uckfield line down to lewes and re-opening of the horsham to shoreham link as a twin track main-line In both cases west coastway and east coastway services for london can avoid the haywards heath bottle neck allowing that line to focus on brighton mainline services[/p][/quote]You make an extremely good point. I can remember having to travel to London Victoria via Shoreham & Horsham in the early 60´s (with a lovely steam engine, I might add) because of a broken down train on the London Brighton line at Burgess hill. It took ages but as a kid it added to the excitment of the journey. Bring back the Stenying Stinker I say. If anyone can remember at all what that was?? Lool Brightonian in Germany

1:49pm Wed 28 Sep 11

Mr. Kipling says...

"The internal lining of the tunnel became disconnected."

This is very serious. This is the first stage of a potential collapse. The lining of the tunnel is several courses of brick, the mortar between them is 170 years old as the tunnel was built in the 1839-40 and opened in 1841.The lining will be in several layers and if it starts to come away it will sort of "peel" away leaving a weaker section of lining.
"The internal lining of the tunnel became disconnected." This is very serious. This is the first stage of a potential collapse. The lining of the tunnel is several courses of brick, the mortar between them is 170 years old as the tunnel was built in the 1839-40 and opened in 1841.The lining will be in several layers and if it starts to come away it will sort of "peel" away leaving a weaker section of lining. Mr. Kipling

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