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Tamara Davison

Storm Ciaran rail travel disruptions list: Southeastern, Thameslink and other train cancellations

Storm Ciarán is already causing severe travel disruptions as 50mph wind and rain batter the country.

Amber weather warnings remain in place for parts of southern England, while London has been under a yellow weather alert.

Flood warnings are in place in many regions of England, with more expected to be announced as the storm continues to wreak havoc.

In London, some commuters have been urged to work from home instead of risking delays on public transport routes across the capital.

Several train lines in and out of London have been disrupted by the weather, with operators confirming significant delays and cancellations.

Here's what each train operator is saying about Storm Ciarán.


Train delays and disruption are expected across a number of lines (PA)

Southeastern operators have confirmed that there are part suspensions and major disruptions across a large number of their lines.

Officials told travellers on Twitter: "Given the impact of #StormCiarán - we're receiving a high number of messages this morning. Our advice remains not to attempt to travel on our mainline routes before 09:00 and expect disruption throughout the day. To check an individual train - download the Southeastern app."

A second post said: "#StormCiarán will cause severe disruption to our services throughout today. We strongly advise that you do not attempt to travel on "Mainline" routes before at least 09:00. We'll post updates in this thread throughout the day. More info:"

South Western

SWR services are also severely disrupted as a result of the stormy weather. The train operator is sharing several updates on social media to help people stay up to date about train routes.

They also said: "Due to Storm Ciaran please consider whether your journey is entirely necessary on November 2, and consider making alternative travel plans.

"On Thursday, train times will be amended in the West Country, along the South Coast and on the Isle of Wight, with some services temporarily suspended. Other short-notice changes are possible.

"Journey planners will be fully up to date on Thursday morning. If you are planning to travel, please double-check journeys before setting off and allow extra time.

South Western also reminded passengers that tickets booked for Thursday journeys would also be valid on Friday.


CrossCountry operators have urged travellers against using the train today because of flooding, adding that people could use their tickets tomorrow instead.

"Due to severe disruption across the CrossCountry network today caused by flooding passengers are advised NOT to travel today unless absolutely essential. Passengers may use their tickets for travel tomorrow."

"Due to today’s severe weather forecast for Storm Ciaran, some CrossCountry services will be amended in the South West."Customers travelling should check their entire journey and for further info please visit"

Rail services are facing speed restrictions and reduced services (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Archive)


Some Thameslink routes have been disrupted by the storm, leading to major delays for passengers.

"#StormCiarán is expected to cause widespread disruption to train services tomorrow across our Kent and Sussex route," the statement read. "We're working closely with @Se_Railway, @SouthernRailUK, @GatwickExpress & @TLRailUK to keep passengers moving safely. Please check before you travel.

In another post, Thameslink representatives explained that some train lines had been placed under speed restrictions. "We strongly recommend you avoid non-essential travel, as journey times south of London may take you at least 70 minutes longer," the network wrote.

Great Northern

Alongside Thameslink, Great Northern suggested that their lines won't be the worst hit but it still might impact travel.

The statement read: "While there is some additional risk of disruption to the service as a result of this storm, we don't expect it to be as bad as the Southern part of the network. You should be able to travel, but you must check in advance and be prepared for some cancellations."

Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia operators also urged travellers to check ahead of time before embarking on travel plans.

"Please note that adverse weather is expected until the early hours of Friday. Please ensure you check the latest updates for the entire length of your journey before you travel," the statement read.

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express officials confirmed: "Storm Ciarán is expected to cause significant disruption to trains across the south-east of England on Thursday 2 November, with a risk of disruption late evening on Wednesday 1 November and the morning of Friday 3 November."

Another post added: "We expect the disruption to last until the end of the day tomorrow the 3rd, we will update you accordingly"

Heathrow Express

While there wasn't a direct mention of the weather, Heathrow Express operators also confirmed there were reduced services today.

"Services are departing at a reduced frequency due to a points failure. From London Paddington: Services are departing at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour. From Heathrow Terminal 5: Services are departing at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour. #hexupdate"

London Overground

There is currently a good service on London Overground trains.

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