Last updated: 11:45 AM ET, Tue July 26 2016

Fire Causing Major Rail Delays at Gatwick Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 26, 2016

Fire Causing Major Rail Delays at Gatwick Airport

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On Tuesday, a fire on a railway line at Gatwick Airport in England has disrupted services for travelers, and the delays are expected to continue throughout the day.

According to, the fire broke out in the early morning hours of Tuesday, but was extinguished at around 7 a.m. local time by firefighters. During the fire, service for Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Western Railway train companies had all been impacted.

In addition to reduced service on the Gatwick Express, the majority of trains running at Gatwick Airport are delayed by about 45 minutes. The section of track on the London-to-Brighton mainline was temporarily closed, but two lines have already reopened. The other lines damaged in the fire will remain closed for the rest of Tuesday.

Inside the Gatwick Airport, officials have warned travelers about the expected delays on train services. Passengers have been told to arrive early and check with their train operator for further information about the delays.

The cause of the fire was a problem with the power supply, according to Network Rail. The fire caused electrical cables and the conductor rail to melt, which resulted in significant disruptions seen throughout Tuesday.

“Our engineers are on site working to repair the damage caused by the fire,” a spokesman for Network Rail said in a statement. “The damage is quite extensive, so it's difficult to give a firm estimate as to when the railway will return to normal.”


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