Thousands are expected to arrive in Brighton by train this weekend

TRAIN operators expect thousands of people to flock to Brighton this weekend as the heatwave continues.

People from across the country are expected to head to the beach to soak up the sun as temperatures continue to rise.

A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services, said: “Hot weather will draw thousands to the seafront this weekend to enjoy all that the British public at large Brighton and loves us. We are proud to play a crucial role in making this happen.

“Our services will inevitably be busier than normal and we advise passengers to travel extra cautiously in this heat.

“It’s a good idea to always have water with you and not get on a train if you’re not feeling well.

“Whenever you are on a train, avoid using the emergency call between stations if possible so we can assist you as soon as possible.”

The Argus: Thousands of people are expected to head to Brighton this weekend to enjoy the summer sunshineThousands of people are expected to head to Brighton this weekend to enjoy the summer sunshine

Network Rail and GTR have warned people not to travel unless absolutely necessary given the high temperatures forecast for Monday and Tuesday, with speed restrictions and disruption likely.

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 travel choice 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.”

Emergency teams are being deployed to mitigate the effects of the extreme heat where possible.

Steel rails absorb heat easily and are typically around 20 degrees hotter than the ambient air temperature. When steel gets very hot, it expands and rails can bend, flex, and even buckle in severe cases.

Overhead electrical wires that power powertrains are also prone to failure in extreme temperatures, as the warm weather can cause the steel wires to overheat and hang too low. This can increase the risk of being hit by passing trains and knocking out power.

How will my trip be affected next week?

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 result in 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. Thousands are expected to arrive in Brighton by train this weekend

Fry Electronics Team

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