Still from knock-on delays animation depicting trains near an area affected by a power outage

Delays Explained – Knock-on delays

Mar 16, 2021

How can a delay to train services in one part of the country affect journeys elsewhere? We can fix most...

Still from Delays Explained - Flooding animation depicting a dollhouse-style railway with different aspects of the story played in different compartments.

Delays explained – flooding

Feb 25, 2021

Very wet weather can significantly impact the railway, causing flooding and disrupting your train services. When this happens, our engineers...

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Why we carry out engineering works over bank holidays

Feb 18, 2021

We’re frequently asked why we schedule big engineering projects for bank holiday weekends. We plan these large-scale works for certain times so they cause the least disruption to your journeys. These include bank holidays, Sundays...

A green and yellow Southern train calls at a station in the snow, daytime

Getting you around safely this winter

Feb 8, 2021

We're working hard to keep you moving in cold weather as temperatures drop across Britain. Before one winter’s over, we’re thinking about the next. We plan ahead for snow, ice, floods and wind (as well...

Wagons and machinery at the site of the repairs to the East Grinstead landslip, daytime

Video: Delays explained – landslips

Feb 4, 2021

Extreme weather across Britain has put the railway at a higher risk of landslips, which typically grow in number during winter. What is a landslip? Landslips happen on the railway when soil, rocks and earth...

A landslip beside the railway after Storm Doris

How storms and flooding affect the railway

Jan 19, 2021

Very wet and windy weather can significantly impact the railway. When this happens, our engineers work determinedly night and day to keep the railway open for your train services: With wind and heavy rain forecast...

Delays demystified – planned engineering works

Jul 16, 2020

Our teams across Britain are preparing to deliver essential upgrades and maintenance over the August bank holiday to improve your journeys. We plan big engineering works for certain times so they cause the least disruption,...

Delays explained – overhead line equipment

Jul 6, 2020

We know delays caused by OLE failures are frustrating and do all we can to minimise them. What is OLE? Overhead line equipment – or OLE – is the name for the overhead wires and...

How we prevent tracks from getting too hot

Jun 24, 2020

With hot weather forecast across Britain, we’re working hard to prepare the tracks for the added strain of higher temperatures. Here’s how we do it: We work closely with specialist weather forecasters and local weather stations...

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What’s a bottleneck on the railway?

Jun 17, 2020

We’ve had strong support for major proposals to unblock a railway bottleneck at Croydon so we can provide more reliable, more frequent and faster train services. The Croydon area on the Brighton Main Line is...

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