Rail Strike

February 21, 2017

    The RMT has announced that they plan further industrial action on Southern on Wednesday 22 February. We expect Southern services to be disrupted as follows:

    Services affected:

    Gatwick Express will operate a full service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Brighton.

    Many Southern services will operate to the normal timetable, but are subject to the changes detailed below.

    Key alterations to Southern services include:

    • No Southern services between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia / Watford Junction
    • Some services between Brighton and Seaford / Eastbourne / Hastings / Ashford and between Brighton and Bognor Regis / Littlehampton / Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central will not operate, and others will have fewer carriages than normal
    • No Rye – Ashford International shuttle services during the morning and evening peaks. However most services between Ashford International and Brighton will run. Southern plan to operate a replacement bus timetable between Rye and Ashford International
    • Most services that only run between Brighton and Hove will not operate, however other services between Brighton and stations along the coast towards Bognor Regis will operate, calling at Hove
    • No Southern service between Leatherhead and Guildfo

    Check before you travel:

    Use the Moovit Trip Planner to check your journey before you travel.

    Alternative routes where tickets will be accepted:

    Southern have approached all transport operators that provide a service on affected routes and details of those that are able to accept are as follows:

    Brighton & Hove Buses accepts rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

    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 Overground

    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

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

    London Underground

    USRail 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
    • Victoria and Euston
    • Balham and Victoria / London Bridge / Euston
    • London Bridge and Victoria
    • Victoria and Monument (NOT BANK STATION)
    • Victoria and Blackfriars



    • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Birkbeck can use train services to / from Elmers End
    • Tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park or Brockley can use 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 (excluding high speed services to / from London St Pancras)


    • 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
    • Tickets routed ‘Southern Only’ will be accepted on Thameslink services between Brighton and London Bridge / London Blackfriars
    • Should they wish to do so, 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