FALLEN trees, landslips and subsequent train cancellations are causing major railway disruptions.

Network Rail have announced widespread disruptions across Sussex and the surrounding counties due to ongoing weather chaos.

The disruption will affect trains from Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink.

A landslip overnight means no trains are running between Crowborough and Uckfield.

“Our engineers are inspecting the damage and as you can see there is some debris on the tracks that needs to be removed,” a Network Rail spokesman said.

All trains between the two stations in both directions are expected to be unavailable for the remainder of the day.

Customers are able to use their tickets on Southern trains between Lewes, Haywards Heath, Three Bridges, Redhill, and London.

Tickets are also available to use between Tonbridge, Edenbridge, and Redhill.

The line at Balcombe is also now reopen after a fallen tree blocked the line last night.

As a result of the heavy downpours, a 40mph speed limit was put on certain railway routes overnight.

This morning, all trains are travelling at a slower speed than usual as a safety precaution and bus replacement services are in place for some journeys.

Due to damage to the overhead electric wires at Watford Junction, all services have been suspended, while no trains are running between Milton Keynes and Clapham Junction.

The Met Office yesterday issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall.

In a statement on Wednesday, Network Rail said: “Vulnerable earthworks on certain lines are already saturated after last night's heavy rain, and with this storm on the way - and a yellow weather warning - we have to protect trains from the prospect of landslips or washouts.

“This kind of washout can occur when heavy rain falls on saturated soil and we can't run the risk of trains ploughing into the debris at full speed.

“We're taking a careful approach and only putting the limits in place on routes where earthworks are at risk.”