Trains cancelled and commuters told ‘do not travel’ after signalling fault

Two major train networks in southern England have suffered a “major signalling fault” and passengers are being warned not to travel until further notice.

At around 4am on Monday, Southern and Thameslink said “no trains” would be running on the networks until further notice.

By 7am some services had resumed but rail passengers are facing major disruptions to the Gatwick Express and across the Southern and Thameslink networks which are expected to last until 3pm.

No services between Littlehampton and London Victoria operated this morning either, Southern said.

Reduced services are also operating between Three Bridges and Brighton, and Brighton and Chichester. Passengers have been asked to delay travel until later today or allow “at least” an extra 60 minutes for journeys.

Thameslink trains between Cambridge and Brighton also remain disrupted.

Thameslink has warned that it is likely passengers who travel today will need to use an alternative train, change trains more often, or use another route. This will take up to an hour longer than usual, it said.

Where trains do operate, they will be very busy, and local buses will also have more passengers than usual.

A number of alternative routes which passengers can use at no extra cost have been signposted by National Rail.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “At 3.04am there was a loss of power across some of the UK Power Network which significantly impacted our Three Bridges Signalling Centre which controls the signalling, the railway’s traffic light system, across the majority of our Sussex route.

“All signalling was restored at 6.30am and while some Southern services have resumed operating across the Sussex route, a number of Southern and Thameslink services remain significantly disrupted and there are currently no Gatwick Express services in operation until further notice.

“We’re really sorry to any passengers disrupted this morning and we encourage passengers to check with their train operator before travelling for the latest information and updates.”

Elsewhere, Great Western Railway and Elizabeth line services have been disrupted by a landslip between Twyford and Reading, affecting routes to and from London Paddington, including the Heathrow Express. The disruption between London Paddington and Reading and the Heathrow Terminals is expected to last until the end of the day.

Two out of four lines in the area have been taken out of use, and the capacity has been reduced on the remaining lines.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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