Service alteration details

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Find out details about how services are running and be informed on any disruption on your journey.

Reduced Southern service today, Saturday 21 January

Incident created
25/12/2016 23:53
Last updated
21/01/2017 01:36
Route affected

All Southern and Gatwick Express routes

TOC(s) affected
Gatwick ExpressSouthern

The ASLEF union have suspended all industrial action, including the strikes due to take place on 24, 25 and 27 January and the overtime ban. Details of the Southern service you can now expect over the next few days is available here.

The amended timetable will remain in place until the end of service today, Saturday 21 January. However, extra services will be reinstated if possible.

The RMT conductor strike on 23 January is still expected to take place. Additional information can be found here.

The timetable below will operate today with additional services operating where possible.

All routes are affected. Please see here for a map showing routes with an altered service in brown or grey.

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service. See below for details of ticket acceptance on alternative routes
  • On routes shown in brown, you are advised that there will be a reduced service and you are advised to allow longer for your journey and to avoid peak times if possible
  • On routes shown with a grey dotted line, only buses will operate


Key alterations include:

  • A limited service between Brighton and London
  • No Gatwick Express services between Gatwick Airport and Brighton
  • A reduced service will run between London and Littlehampton/Eastbourne and Ore
  • No Southern services between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia
  • Limited services between Tulse Hill and London Bridge
  • No Southern services to/from Beckenham Junction
  • No Southern service to/from Guildford
  • No Southern service to/from Wimbledon
  • A reduced service will operate between London and Caterham and between London and Tattenham Corner
  • Limited service between Redhill and London
  • No direct service between Tonbridge or Reigate and London (a change of trains required at Redhill)
  • No Southern trains between Lewes and Seaford (bus service in operation)
  • No direct service between London and either Portsmouth or Southampton (a change of trains will be required at Barnham)
  • No direct Southern trains between Ashford International and Brighton (a change of trains will be required at Eastbourne)


You are advised to allow extra time for your journey, if at all possible.

Any trains not running because of these planned alterations have been removed from the timetable database. They therefore do not appear at all on online journey planners or station information screens (rather than showing as cancelled).

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner or Live Departure Boards. These have been updated and are showing the planned service for today and tomorrow.

Alternative travel options:

Brighton & Hove buses
Brighton & Hove buses will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

Gatwick Express
Only tickets that are normally valid for travel on Gatwick Express services can be used on the Gatwick Express network.

Great Western Railway
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between Redhill and Reigate, and between Brighton and Southampton Central.

London Buses
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • Tulse Hill and West Norwood on routes 2, 432, 468, 68 & 196
  • Crystal Palace and Beckenham Junction on route 358
  • Peckham Rye and Herne Hill via North Dulwich on route 37
  • Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate on routes 171, 177, 436 and 136
  • Route 405 between Redhill and West Croydon via Merstham


London Midland
Customers who hold tickets routed ‘Kensington Olympia’ or ‘Southern Only’ for journeys from / to stations across the London Midland network and stations south of London can use London Midland services to / from London Euston.

London Overground
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • West Croydon, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye and Canada Water
  • Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
  • Watford Junction and London Euston


London Trams
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys across the whole London Trams network.

London Underground
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between the following points only. THE TICKETS CANNOT BE USED AT INTERMEDIATE TUBE STATIONS:

  • Canada Water and London Bridge
  • Balham and  London Victoria / London Bridge / London Euston
  • London Bridge and London Victoria
  • London Victoria and London Blackfriars
  • London Victoria and London Euston


Metrobus will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

Southeastern (Southern tickets will NOT be accepted on High Speed services)

  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Birkbeck can be used on train services to / from Elmers End
  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park or Brockley can be used on train services to / from Nunhead


Rail tickets routed via Haywards Heath, via East Croydon and 'Southern Only' will be accepted for reasonable journeys between:

  • Hastings and London via Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells and London
  • Ashford International and London


South West Trains:

South West Trains are limited in capacity and we strongly advise that you do NOT to attempt to travel on their services; but if you do travel please allow extra time to complete your journey. Tickets routed ‘Southern Only’ can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • Portsmouth Harbour / Havant and Southampton Central
  • Dorking and London via Wimbledon


  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park and Brockley can also use Nunhead or Crofton Park instead
  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of London Victoria can use Thameslink services to / from London Blackfriars or London Bridge
  • Rail tickets routed ‘Southern Only’ will be accepted on Thameslink services between Brighton and London Bridge / London Blackfriars
  • Ticket holders with an origin or destination of stations between Wembley Central and Milton Keynes Central for journeys to / from south of London, can use their ticket at their nearest station on the Thameslink route between London and Bedford to travel on Thameslink (but not East Midlands Trains) services to be able to complete their journey


More information on travelling to the airport, booked assistance and Travelcards can be found here.

Information for customers with tickets booked on strike days:

If you have a ticket booked for a journey that involves travelling on the Southern network on one of the strike days, Southern will be happy to give you your money back if you decide not to travel.

Alternatively, you can travel on the first non-strike day after your booking though you may not be guaranteed a seat as trains are likely to be very busy.

Please note: your tickets will only be valid on the first non-strike day after your original booking.

If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #SouthernStrike

You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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