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Train passengers advised to plan ahead as railway closes for four days

Rail passengers on the Brighton-Lewes line are advised to plan ahead as a rail closure will affect all train routes via Lewes – including those to and from Falmer – for four days next month.

Network Rail engineers will be completing the final phase of work on a project to upgrade old signalling on the line between Lewes and Seaford.

Network Rail say the final commissioning, when the current system will be disconnected and the new system switched on, can be carried out only with a closure of the railway in the Lewes area.

Services between Brighton and London are not affected but there will be no trains west of Eastbourne via Lewes as far as Brighton, Seaford and Haywards Heath from Thursday 7 March to Sunday 10 March.

Between Brighton and Falmer a shuttle train will be replacing normal services, running every 40 minutes .

A rail replacement bus service will operate from Lewes-Falmer and from Lewes-Seaford during the four days.

Paul Harwood, Network Rail director of investment, South East, said: “There is never a good time to close the railway and the alternatives would’ve meant impacting services over the Easter or May bank holiday weekends.”

Detailed travel advice is available from Southern.

This is in addition to other engineering works on the London main lines that are planned: during several weekends up to May, rail replacement bus services will operate between Three Bridges and Brighton and between Three Bridges and Lewes.


Posted on behalf of: Transport
Last updated: Tuesday, 5 March 2019


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