Govia Thameslink Railway Chief Executive Patrick Verwer said: “I understand this has been a very difficult evening for our customers and our staff. We continue to re-energise trains stopped in platforms but this will take considerable time which is why, despite our best endeavours, we are not able to run services north of London on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes for the rest of the day.
“Our priority is to look after our customers. We have put on as many buses as we can source, arranged for our tickets to be accepted by other transport providers and organised taxis wherever possible. Details are available on our website and nationalrail.co.uk. Passengers with tickets will be able to use these for travel tomorrow and Sunday.”
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria