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Thursday, 26 October, 2000, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Train delays - region by region
Speed restrictions imposed while safety checks continue after the fatal Hatfield rail crash were causing severe disruption to passenger services on Wednesday. Here is a breakdown of the main problem areas:


Journey times between London and Norwich are extended by up to 30 minutes because of speed restrictions. Four trains to Norwich and one from Norwich have been cancelled.

A reduced service is now operating on the Crosslink route between Stratford and Basingstoke. Allow more time for your journey.

Anglia Railways Crosslink service has been suspended again because of a derailment at Virginia Water. It will remain suspended until Monday.


Services on the following routes are replaced by buses because of track defects:

Stafford to Stoke Coventry to Stafford via Nuneaton.

Birmingham to Stafford services via Hednesford are starting and terminating at Rugeley Trent Valley with a bus service between Rugeley and Stafford.

Connex South Central

Services between Tonbridge and Hastings via Tunbridge Wells are being disrupted because of points failure in the Tunbridge Wells area. Delays of up to 45 minutes can be expected on many trains.

South Central services between Victoria and Brighton and between Rugby and Brighton are also disrupted.

Services between Oxted and Uckfield via Ashurst are being disrupted because of a signalling problem in the Ashurst area.

Connex South Eastern

Services from Lewisham into London are disrupted in and out of London Cannon Street and Charing Cross because of speed restrictions.

Speed restrictions of 20mph in places have added 10 minutes to journey times on the Sevenoaks line in Kent.

Services between Tonbridge and Hastings via Tunbridge Wells are being disrupted because points failure in the Tunbridge Wells area.

Delays of up to 45 minutes can be expected on many trains.

First Great Eastern

Train services between London Liverpool Street, Essex and Suffolk are subject to delays and short notice cancellations because of various speed restrictions imposed on the network.

First Great Western

Trains between London Paddington, the Cotswolds, Wales and the South West are subject to severe delay or cancellation this morning because of speed restrictions on the line.

Gatwick Express

The number of London Victoria to Gatwick airport services have been cut from 82 round trips a day to 74, due to two points of weak track on the Brighton mainline.

To compensate they are using longer trains. Speed restrictions are reducing speeds from 90mph to 60mph but the service should be back to normal by Saturday.

Trains are still running every 15 minutes but there are seven cancellations both ways.

Great Western

A temporary timetable has been introduced following the introduction of speed limits on west of England services.

Fourteen sections of track have been affected since Hatfield, although three sections have had restrictions lifted while others should be back to normal-speed running after the weekend.

Services between Totnes and Plymouth, in particular, have been subject to delay.

MIdland Mainline

Services between London, the midlands and South Yorkshire are running to a revised timetable today because of speed restrictions on the line.

The xx32 Nottingham to London St Pancras and the xx55 London St Pancras to Nottingham have both been cancelled.

Silverlink County

Services between Birmingham and Euston are running to an emergency timetable because of the application of speed restrictions.

South West Trains

Services between Waterloo and Reading are cancelled until further notice following a derailed train at Virginia Water.

A half-hourly service will operate between Waterloo and Windsor via Staines.

A further half-hourly shuttle service is operating between Ascot and Reading and between Ascot and Aldershot.

Services on many routes are subject to disruption and delay because of the application of speed restrictions.


An emergency speed restriction between London Bridge and Brighton is delaying services by up to 25 minutes. Services are also subject to cancellation.

A revised timetable will be in force between 0935BST and 1535BST today because of engineering work in the Luton and St Albans areas.

Virgin West Coast

Train services between London and Birmingham are diverted via Northampton because of many speed restrictions on the main line. Cancellation and delays of up to 60 minutes can be expected.

Wales and West

Services between Totnes and Plymouth are subject to disruption and delays because of 20mph speed restrictions on the track.

West Anglia/Great Northern (WAGN)

Services are still running to an emergency timetable to and from Moorgate and Kings Cross following the derailment at Hatfield, with replacement bus services operating on some routes.

Also, trains to and from Liverpool Street are subject to some delays because of speed restrictions.

West Coast

The West Coast mainline has now been re-opened between Glasgow and Carlisle. However, speed restrictions remain, so delays are likely. Tonight's Scotrail Caledonian Sleepers will run, but journey times may be extended as much as four hours.

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