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Customers urged to check trains carefully ahead of strikes

Rail passengers are being warned that hardly any trains will be running across most of Sussex on Monday 8 April 2024, with very limited bus replacement services in operation.

An amended timetable is also in place from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April inclusive, and on Tuesday 9 April, due to a nationwide overtime ban by ASLEF members.

The strike action is affecting all of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern.

There will be limited bus replacement services on 8 April on the following routes to assist people travelling to airports and have no alternative options. These include:

  • A limited, non-stop, shuttle service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.
  • A limited shuttle service calling at Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and St Pancras.
  • A limited, non-stop, shuttle service between London King’s Cross and Cambridge.

GTR is also urging people to check journey planners, as the departure times and frequencies of these shuttle services will vary throughout the day.

Passengers urged to check timetables

Passengers are also being warned that industrial action on GTR’s network on Monday 8 April coincides with the London Underground strikes, so onward travel options across London will be limited. Please visit the TfL website for more information.

A nationwide overtime ban by ASLEF will also be in place from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April inclusive, and again on Tuesday 9 April, meaning there will be an amended timetable in place with fewer services overall.

Gatwick Express will not be running for the entirety of the industrial action period (4-9 April), excluding Sunday 7 April. Customers wishing to travel by train to Gatwick Airport will be able to use the shuttle service from London Victoria on 8 April, and use Southern or Thameslink trains on the other days.

Services will be running on Sunday 7 April, but planned engineering works and industrial action on days either side will affect certain routes and services. Services on the East Coast Main Line to and from Peterborough are expected to be very busy and customers should check before they travel.

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