Govia Thameslink Railway

Trauma help for train drivers

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Train drivers in Sussex are being offered extra help when they experience traumatic events like a death on the tracks.

Govia Thameslink, which runs Gatwick Express and Southern trains, has introduced a new system called Trauma Risk Management, where staff are taught to spot the signs of trauma and point each other towards help.

Woman punched in chest in 'extremely violent' attack

British Transport Police

Police are searching for a suspect caught on CCTV punching a commuter in the chest "unprovoked" on a Thameslink train at Farringdon station.

The man turned "extremely violent" after the 28-year-old woman dropped her bag on his toe just before 12:30 on 3 July, British Transport Police said.

He is described as wearing a yellow t-shirt, with headphones around his neck and had a JD Sports duffle bag.

Officers believe the man shown in this CCTV image may have information.

Lorry crash halts rail services

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Trains between Gravesend and Dartford have been suspended, after a lorry hit a bridge.

Southeastern says the disruption will continue until at least 14:00 BST, with other operators also affected.

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It means no trains can run rom Ebbsfleet or Northfleet towards Gravesend, with services to London also having to observe speed restrictions.

Replacement buses are being brought in.

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Taxi costs 'reimbursed for train passengers'

National Rail Enquiries has said that Great Northern and Thameslink passengers affected by the power outage will be reimbursed the cost of a taxi home.

However, when one Twitter user asked if they would be reimbursed for a taxi from London to Peterborough, National Rail Enquiries advised that he "speak to the train operator used to purchase tickets".

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Passengers 'having a laugh' while stuck in tunnel for two hours

Natasha Winters was among those to be evacuated from a Thameslink train stuck outside King's Cross.

She said: "It was a bit scary, a bit freaky, to be honest. We could see right down the tunnel [towards St Pancras]."

The civil servant, 47, said there was a "good atmosphere" on the train, which had been stuck in a tunnel without lighting for about two hours.

"We were just sat around chatting and having a laugh. I met some really nice people, they were just random strangers.

"People were having fun and joking about it, talking about what we were supposed to be doing. Someone was meant to be getting the Eurostar to Brussels. They had completely missed that."

Trains 'stranded outside platforms'

A rail operator has said that it is evacuating passengers from trains that are "stranded outside the platforms".

Govia Thameslink said a technician is required to restart trains that have been stopped on the tracks by the power cut.

“The trains have been affected by the power outage to the point where they require a technician to restart them.

"As this will take time, we are beginning to evacuate some of the trains that are stranded outside platforms.

"Our advice to customers is to stay on board trains for their own safety.”

Power cut halts trains

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Rail services have been hit by the power cut.

Services to and from St Pancras and Kings Cross are affected, with Kings Cross closed and some trains stuck between Farringdon and Bedford.

East Midlands Trains and LNER services are also affected.

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Train services on Thameslink affected by power cut

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Thameslink are reporting a failure of their electricity supply, “train services running across the whole network may be cancelled or delayed” and social media is reporting traffic lights have failed through Rotherhithe, Peckham, New Cross.

National Grid has a power supply issue affecting much of central and South east London.

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Brighton station 'chaos' after heatwave disrupts rail services

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Brighton station
Lloyd Davis

Passengers at Brighton railway station were seen jumping over the ticket barriers on Thursday evening amid disruptions to rail services caused by the extremely hot weather.

A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said customers were being prevented from passing through the gates as a "safety precaution" following damage to overhead wires across the rail network.

Amelia Walker tweeted: "Just witnessed mass people Olympic hurdling over the barriers at Brighton station. Honestly CHAOS."

Another passenger described the scene as "a stampede".

Brighton station
Lauren Hurley

In a statement, GTR said: “We regret that yesterday’s overhead wire damage and extremely hot weather caused widespread disruption across the rail network.

"Due to Brighton station being very busy yesterday evening, for the safety of our customers we closed the station for a short period until trains became available.

"Once trains were ready to depart, the station reopened and we had a queueing system in place.

"We thank customers for their patience.”