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Jun 21 8 tweets 3 min read
We’re so sorry for the disruption to all our passengers’ journeys this week while the #RailStrike continues. Here’s our boss John and a short thread about why the impact is so great: /1 On Sussex Route, we need 138 operational staff to run trains every 24 hours. On Kent Route, that number is 125 staff, over 53 locations. We have contingency staff trained for this but they only make up 33 of those roles in Sussex and around a quarter of the jobs in Kent /2
Jun 20 6 tweets 3 min read
Important information for @Se_Railway passengers in #EastKent travelling on Wednesday. Owing to electrical supply issues, train services inside the red box (see pic) will not start running until later in the day. #RailStrike /1 We’re really sorry. Service / travel info available here…
Jun 1 11 tweets 4 min read
We’re really sorry for the ongoing disruption to @TLRailUK services north and south of London, owing to a problem with our signalling equipment between City Thameslink and Farringdon. Here’s what’s going on.../ /1 @TLRailUK A “track circuit” that tells the signalling system where trains are has been failing intermittently for some time now. It operates fine for a while and then fails, putting an associated signal (red in the picture courtesy @traksyuk ) to red and stopping trains. /2 Image
Mar 31 9 tweets 5 min read
⚠️🚦 Sorry to say we have a signalling problem in one of the worst places it could be - right outside #Lewisham station. We've got a team on site investigating the issue but it means disruption to @Se_Railway services this evening and we advise people check before they travel. /1 @Se_Railway A detection circuit that tells us where trains are has failed on the scissors crossover in the picture, putting all signals on the approach to red (as you can see in this @traksyuk graphic). We are having to talk each train past those red signals manually. /2
Jan 2 11 tweets 6 min read
⚠️🌧. We’ve had to slow @SouthernRailUK and @TLRailUK London-bound trains down near to #HaywardsHeath tunnel just outside the town after our earthworks alarms sounded a warning. A team is on its way to investigate and will make sure it’s safe before we speed things up again. Our first responder is walking to site now and we have moved all trains to 1 (of 2) track to give them a safe walking route, meaning there will be disruption to services while this goes on. Sorry for the delays and keep checking before you travel on the Brighton Main Line.
Nov 22, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
⚠️🍂We're really sorry for the disruption @Se_railway passengers are experiencing today. It's due to a signalling problem at Hayes because of heavy autumn leaf fall. Leaves on the line are no joke for us, autumn is our most challenging season and here's why... 👇 🍂Every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves fall onto railway lines. High winds can cause heavy leaf fall very quickly and rain means they are more likely to stick to the rails...…
Oct 22, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
⚠️⚡️ Were so sorry for the disruption to @Se_Railway + @TLRailUK passengers on the Orpington/Charing Cross line this morning - this is the problem right here, at #PettsWood. It’s a “blown insulated block joint”, although actually two of them have gone. /1 You can see the blocked lines just outside #PettsWood as they have BLOC in their train indicators. We’re able to run on the other 2 lines and the connecting loops at the bottom of the picture, which is why there is still a train service, albeit not a normal one. /2
Oct 20, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
⚠️🌧️ We're sorry to say that disruption is expected tonight and tomorrow morning across parts of South London, Surrey, Kent and Sussex, affecting @Se_Railway , @SouthernRailUK + @TLRailUK . Predicted rainfall means we are having to put a 40mph speed limit on some routes. /1 Vulnerable earthworks on certain lines are already saturated after last night's heavy rain, and with this storm on the way - and a yellow weather warning - we have to protect trains from the prospect of landslips or washouts. /2
Oct 19, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
👷We're really sorry for the frustrating delays into London today for @Se_Railway & @TLRailUK passengers. The delays were caused by a cracked rail on a set of switches & crossings (S&C) (like the one pictured) near New Cross, which is a really busy part of the network. 👇 In the S&C are points which are movable sections of track which allow trains to move lines. Our engineers knew of the fault and were running trains at a reduced speed, so we could keep passengers moving, albeit slightly delayed, until we could get into fix the problem tonight. 👇
Sep 14, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
⚠️We’re sorry to say that despite our best efforts the derailed loco remains at #Lee, blocking the @Se_Railway Sidcup line this morning. The rescue team encountered serious problems last night with soft ground as it wasn’t solid enough to provide a stable base for the jack. /1 We’ve got 4 of 6 wheels on now and a new plan will see the involvement of another loco in dragging the engine back onto the rails. We’re just awaiting the arrival of that extra loco and driver and will be underway when they arrive. /2
Sep 13, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
⚠️Sorry to say @Se_Railway's Sidcup line is likely to remain blocked for most of the day while we work to re-rail a locomotive that came off the tracks at #Lee yesterday. The plan is to jack it up and move it back onto the rails from its current position (pictured). /1 @Se_Railway The location of the loco means it's impossible to run trains on the line as there's nowhere to switch tracks, so tickets are valid on some London buses (for full details see @Se_Railway ). We're checking over signalling and track at the same time as re-railing so... /2
Sep 8, 2021 9 tweets 7 min read
There’s just one more day of work on Sunday 3 October as part of our £22m Arun Valley Line Improvement Project. Please plan ahead and check before you travel at Thank you @SouthernRailUK and @TLRailUK passengers for your patience while we’ve delivered this work to improve journeys today and long into the future. Here’s a quick recap of the work we’ve done to improve track, signalling, earthworks and stations on the #ArunValley Line
Sep 8, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
⚠️🚦 We're sorry @Se_Railway passengers have had a disrupted morning today, after a points failure at #NewCross . The kit that failed is what we call a "switch diamond", circled in the diagram below. As well as being sensitive, they are also disruptive when they go wrong... /1 ... because they potentially affect 3 lines at the same time. As you look at the diagram, you can see it sits amongst 3 lines, and when it failed - effectively stopped telling the signalling system it was safely locked into position - signals on all 3 routes went red. /2
Sep 6, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
VICTORIA UPDATE: We've found a short stretch of damaged live rail, which provides power to trains, in the section highlighted. A team is getting tooled up to fix it. Meanwhile we have platforms 2-6 and 2 lines (the top 2 in the pic) open. Sorry to @Se_Railway passengers today /1 @Se_Railway Here's what we think happened - a train came in over the highlighted section, and either a fault on the train or a fault on the track, caused its current collector shoes to be pulled out of alignment and the live rail too. /2
Aug 4, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
1) Here’s a short thread on why you might notice more railway ‘blockades’ in future (where we close a stretch of railway for a number of consecutive days versus multiple weekends of disruption). 2) ‘In the case of Bearsted (, why did you decide to close the railway line for nine days in the middle of the summer holidays?’
It might seem strange on the face of it but it’s actually more efficient this way. The alternative ...
Jul 14, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
⚠️We're sorry for the disruption to @Se_Railway trains travelling into Charing Cross this evening. There's no easy way to say this, but we have a problem with a lubricator. It should be greasing the edges of the rails to stop wheels screeching and rubbing on sharp bends... /1 ...but it has got overexcited and has let all its grease out in one go. Trains have been rolling through the grease near Waterloo East and finding it very difficult to stop. /2
Feb 12, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
🌧️ Hi everyone - and particularly @Se_Railway passengers on the Hastings line. We've got news and although it's positive in some ways it does mean more disruption short term. Our current line closure from Tonbridge-Tunbridge Wells is being extended to Robertsbridge from Monday /1 The reason is this section of line south of Wadhurst Tunnel, which has been causing us concern for some time. We have a range of early-warning sensors on the very steep face of the cutting, and they have been warning of earth movement. /2
Feb 11, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Our team is working in partnership w/ @BAMNuttall this weekend, 13 - 14 Feb and 20 - 21 Feb at #Balham station. The drainage works on the platform will cause significant noise through the day and night on the dates shared. Cont 1/ We'll be mitigating the noise as much as possible using acoustic barriers immediately around the work site on the platform. We're really sorry for the disturbance this will cause lineside neighbours - we've delivered letters to neighbours that will be impacted. 2/
Feb 10, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
@Se_Railway @Shardrecruit @nationalrailenq Hi @Shardrecruit we're really sorry for the continuing disruption. It's likely the first train of the day will continue to run empty for at least tomorrow and possibly further as the conditions are very, very cold. /1 @Se_Railway @Shardrecruit @nationalrailenq We are running two anti-icing circuits of the entire Kent network every day at the moment, which is around 1,354 miles, but that along isn't enough and we need passenger trains running to keep the rails clear of ice. /2
Feb 8, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Freezing conditions in Kent will continue to cause us a challenge tomorrow so we're working with Southeastern to keep as much of our railway in the county open as possible (see below) but there will be some changes. /1 Our winter treatment fleet is running across Kent tomorrow but because of the nature of the weather we are going to need to treat each track twice to provide the sort of resilience our passengers can rely on. This video shows you what the trains do ⬇️ /2
Feb 5, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
As a result of movement in the track in the #Salfords area, we have a speed restriction in place affecting @Southern and @TLRailUK trains. The good news is the work can happen safely with the railway open and it will involve counterfort drains, anchor rods and bags of ballast /1 The counterfort drains are dug by excavators and lined and filled with gravel, essentially like big French drains so water can drain away quicker /2