COMMUTERS should expect delays and possible cancellations as rail companies offer reduced service due to the heatwave.
Train operators are urging passengers not to travel today and tomorrow unless absolutely necessary as temperatures in parts of the country reach nearly 40C for the first time.
A national emergency has been declared in England due to the extreme heat, with Network Rail imposing speed restrictions on trains to avoid damage to railway lines.
Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services across Sussex have been hit by the heatwave, with warnings of a “significant risk of disruption”.
Angie Doll, Chief Operating Officer of the Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates all three services, said: “As the Met Office issues extreme heat warnings, speed restrictions are being introduced across our network to ensure the safety of trains and passengers.
“That means we will have a lot fewer services for people to reach and there will also be a very real risk of disruption.
“Even if you can travel in the morning, you may need to consider alternative ways to get home.”
Tickets dated for Monday and Tuesday are valid for travel on Wednesday and Thursday, with season ticket and flexi ticket holders being able to claim compensation through the delay reimbursement system.
Travelers who decide to travel are urged to carry a bottle of water with them and not to board the train if they feel unwell.
How your travel has been affected by this week’s disruption
Services will be suspended both today and tomorrow.
A significantly reduced service will be offered on all routes today and tomorrow.
Only two trains per hour will operate between London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton – which will not serve Redhill.
Trains between Horsham and London will be changed to only run between Horsham and Redhill; Passengers should use Southern Services between Reigate and London Victoria for onward travel.
Services are expected to run mostly as planned today and tomorrow, but service could be limited on some routes.
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