Passengers reminded to check ahead for weekend closures on the Brighton Main Line in October: Passenger picking up information at Eastbourne station about the line closures

Monday 1 Oct 2018

Passengers reminded to check ahead for weekend closures on the Brighton Main Line in October

Region & Route:
South East
Southern

Weekend rail passengers are reminded to check before travelling on the southern part of the Brighton Main Line in October as work to improve one of the least reliable parts of the South East’s rail network steps up in intensity.

Network Rail engineers are carrying out the first major overhaul of the railway between Three Bridges and Brighton in more than thirty years.

The work includes upgrades to track, signalling and tunnel drainage which will lead to fewer delays owing to equipment faults or problems caused by flooding inside Victorian tunnels.

The £67m Brighton Main Line Improvement Project is part of a wider £300m programme to improve the reliability of some of the busiest and most congested lines in the South East, including the recently expanded Thameslink network.

The line will be closed between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges and Lewes on all four weekends in October while teams of engineers work inside the tunnels at Balcombe and Clayton.

Paul Harwood, Network Rail’s director of South East route investment, said: “We want to make the least reliable part of our network better for passengers and our work to upgrade the southern end of the Brighton Main Line is now well underway.   

“We know there’s never a good time to close the railway, which is why we’re working closely with our train operator partners to keep disruption to passengers to an absolute minimum. I’d advise passengers to keep an eye out for the information that's available to them in stations and online and plan ahead if travelling at weekends in October."

Keith Jipps, Govia Thameslink Railway’s Infrastructure Director, said: “Network Rail’s works to upgrade the Brighton Main Line really are vital for us to continue to improve our service and we appreciate many of our passengers who use the railway at the weekends will be inconvenienced.

“I’d remind travellers that Brighton and surrounding towns remain open for business and there will be an extensive bus replacement service and trains running via the longer route through Littlehampton.”

Notes to Editors

About the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail’s improvement work will focus on four Victorian-era tunnels – Balcombe, Clayton, Patcham and Haywards Heath – and the railway which runs through them. A major programme to stem leaks into the tunnels and provide reliable drainage away from the tracks will take place, while sections of the track, third rail power system and signalling will be replaced or upgraded. Elsewhere, track will be renewed, sets of points, which enable trains to switch between tracks, will be replaced and fencing will be improved to deter trespassers.

The £67m investment is part of a £300m government-funded programme to boost infrastructure resilience and reliability on the busiest routes in the south east. It will reduce delays on the line by around 15% when complete, meaning better and more reliable journeys for passengers.

Dates of planned closures

Further closures take place over the weekends commencing the 3, 10, 24 and 25 November in 2018.

In 2019, there will be closures on 6 January, 9 and 10 February before the planned nine-day closure from 16 to 24 February, and then weekend closures on 2 , 23 and 30 March, 6 April and a final one day closure on 5 May.

During these closure periods, no trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton/Lewes via Haywards Heath. Direct services between London and Brighton will continue to run albeit diverted via Littlehampton and Horsham. A network of replacement bus services will operate for the intermediate stations between Three Bridges and Brighton and between Three Bridges and Lewes for the East Coastway. Passengers should allow considerably more time for their journeys during these periods.

A full closure list can be found on the Brighton Mainline Upgrade website here: www.brightonmainline.co.uk along with extensive travel advice.

  • To sign up for free alerts and to find out more about the work – including the dates of planned weekend closures – go to www.brightonmainline.co.uk. News and information will also be shared on Twitter, @brighton_line.
  • The closure dates in detail are as follows:

Dates

Sat

Sun

6-7 Oct

Closed

Closed

13-14 Oct

Closed

Closed

20-21 Oct

Closed

Closed

27-28 Oct

Closed

Closed

3-4 Nov

Closed

-

10-11 Nov

Closed

-

17-18 Nov

-

-

24-25 Nov

Closed

Closed

1-2 Dec

-

-

8-9 Dec

-

-

15-16 Dec

-

-

22-23 Dec

-

-

29-30 Dec

-

-

2019

-

-

5-6 Jan

-

Closed

12-13 Jan

-

-

19-20 Jan

-

-

26-27 Jan

Closed

Closed

2-3 Feb

-

-

9-10 Feb

Closed

Closed

16-24 Feb

Closed for Feb Half term (including weekdays)

2-3 March

Closed

Closed

9-10 March

-

-

16-17 March

-

-

23-24 March

Closed

-

30-31 March

Closed

Closed

6-7 April

Closed

Closed

13-14 April

-

-

20-21 April

-

-

27-28 April

-

-

4-5 May

-

Closed

 

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