Hot weather - Service alterations

Please see travel advice for rail passengers below, as ‘record breaking’ temperatures are forecast for this week:

  • Passengers travelling into London and the south east of England are advised to check before they travel and consider changing their plans on Thursday if they can as services may be disrupted due to high temperatures.
  • Train operators and Network Rail are working together to minimise disruption and keep passengers moving – extreme weather action teams activated, staff at hand to help and water available at major stations.
  • Passengers reminded to stay hydrated during the hot weather and to claim the compensation they’re entitled to if they’re delayed on their journeys.


Passengers planning to travel by train into London and the south east of England are being asked to check before they travel and consider changing their travel plans if they can as services could be disrupted due to forecast high temperatures on Thursday.

MetDesk has forecast that temperatures will peak at 37°C or 38°C in London and the south east of England on Thursday, breaking the current July record of 36.7°C set at Heathrow in 2015. The all-time UK temperature record is 38.5°C recorded in Faversham in August 2003.

To minimise disruption and keep people moving, Network Rail has activated extreme weather action teams across the network. To prevent tracks buckling, speed restrictions will be introduced on some routes during the hottest part of the day. When this happens, services may take longer than usual, and others may be cancelled if there isn’t enough capacity on the network to run the service.

On Thursday 25 July there will likely be disruption from early afternoon onwards as speed restrictions will be in place until early evening when they are removed, however services will be affected throughout the evening. Passengers are advised to continue to check before they travel, by visiting their train operator’s website or the Service Alterations page on the National Rail Enquiries website and consider leaving earlier on Thursday if possible as services will be busier.

Rail staff will be available to help passengers on their journey. People are also asked to take water with them on their journeys and there will be additional water available at stations.

RDG Travel Agents Team

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