Southeastern will be running significantly fewer services tomorrow (July 25) and many trains will be much busier than usual due to a forecast for extremely hot weather
Speed restrictions will also be introduced across the rail network.
Metal rails in direct sunshine can exceed 50°C, and Network Rail needs to introduce speed restrictions to reduce the chance of rails buckling in the heat.
Trains that do run will take longer to complete their journeys – particularly on longer-distance routes.
Online journey planners will be updated today with the detail of which trains will be running.
- Southeastern advises passengers to avoid travelling, or re-time journeys to when trains are less busy.
- If you’re planning to travel on Thursday, allow extra time for your journey and check before you travel to make sure your train is running.
- Passengers travelling in hot weather are advised to carry a bottle of water with them, and not to board a train if they feel unwell.
The normal timetable is expected to return on Friday when temperatures are forecast to fall.