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Since September 2018 we have been carrying out a major project to improve reliability and punctuality on the Brighton Main Line.
The work is almost complete. We have made great progress so far, there are just a few more line closures between:
Three Bridges and Brighton & Three Bridges and Lewes.
There will be further planned weekend closures as shown below:
Note: Sat 23 & Sun 24 March – service changes. Trains between London Victoria and Brighton will be diverted to run via Lewes as the line is open. See nationalrail.co.uk for more details.
Sat 6 April (rescheduled – date to be confirmed)
Sunday 5 May (closure is early morning between 1.20-9.30am)
Line closures at weekends
This will mean changes to train services across the Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink networks and significantly longer journey times for some passengers. No trains will serve the following stations:
Balcombe, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Preston Park, Plumpton & Cooksbridge
The only trains between Three Bridges and Brighton, Hove or Worthing will be diverted via Horsham and Littlehampton and take up to 60 minutes longer. There will also be no direct trains between London and Lewes or Eastbourne. Services on some routeswill be busier. The map below shows the general service arrangements.
If you do wish to travel, we will ensure that you can, but please note you will need to allow extra time for your journey.
Advice will vary depending on the journey you are making as shown below. If you are travelling on affected routes:
A frequent bus service has been arranged to run on the following routes:
A direct train will also run between Brighton and Three Bridges / Gatwick Airport / London Victoria via Littlehampton on a diverted route.
Journey times will be extended. Click here to plan your journey.
Please plan your journey by visiting nationalrail.co.uk using the planner. For some journeys, it may be necessary to add a “via” station to get the recommended route, details of this are listed above.
Information regarding any on-the-day disruption or unplanned alterations, including travel advice will be available via the following sources:
I require travel assistance, what should I do?
Where replacement buses are running, the majority of these will be fully accessible to enable you to get to your destination. Staff will be readily available to assist you with your journey.
We recommend passengers let us know 24 hours before they plan to travel so we can be on hand to help and recommend the best route for you to take. Passengers can do this by filling in our assistance booking form online southernrailway.com or Call us on: 0800 138 1016. Textphone: 0800 138 1018 SMS Text: 07860 034 269.
Times are shown in on-line journey planners to allow you to plan your journey. We advise you to arrive at your origin station in plenty of time for the departure time to allow you to board the next available bus.
Buses will operate every few minutes on some routes; the exact times may vary depending on demand and traffic conditions on the day.
It will not be possible to take non-folding bicycles on rail replacement buses.