PEOPLE are being urged not to travel by train on Monday and Tuesday due to a “significant risk of disruption” due to the heatwave.
Temperatures are expected to soar to 40C in parts of southern England early next week, with the Met Office issuing a red warning for extreme heat in London and parts of central England. A yellow warning remains for the south coast.
Thameslink services will offer significantly reduced service on all speed restricted routes. Trains running are expected to be heavily loaded and travel is expected to be disrupted, with a high likelihood of incidents that could lead to cancellations.
Cancellations are also expected on southern services due to speed restrictions and further disruptions are very likely on both days.
Gatwick Express service will be discontinued, but Southern trains will run in their place, making additional stops.
Angie Doll, chief operating officer for the Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates all three services, urged passengers to consider their options and only travel “if absolutely necessary” early next week.
She 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.”
Network Rail will deploy response teams to mitigate the effects of the extreme heat where possible.
Jake Kelly, Network Rail’s System Operator Group Director, said: “Rail travelers in England and Wales should travel on Mondays and Tuesdays only if necessary as there will be delays and cancellations in train services due to the unprecedented heat we expect.
“The well-being of our passengers is our top priority, so we ask all passengers to make a choice to travel and take time to prepare before leaving home.
“Journeys will take significantly longer and delays are likely as speed limits are put in place to ensure the safety of passengers and rail staff. So allow significantly more time to complete your trip and be prepared for very hot conditions.”
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