Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Major improvement work between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes / Hove from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February

Start date
16/02/2019  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Brighton

Southern between London Victoria / Haywards Heath and Brighton / Littlehampton / Eastbourne / Hastings / Ore

Thameslink between Bedford / Cambridge and Brighton

TOC(s) affected
Gatwick ExpressSouthernThameslink

Major improvement work is taking place between Three Bridges and Brighton, closing all lines.

No trains will call at the following stations:

  • Balcombe
  • Haywards Heath
  • Wivelsfield
  • Burgess Hill
  • Hassocks
  • Preston Park
  • Plumpton
  • Cooksbridge

Train services between Brighton, Hove, Shoreham-by-Sea, Worthing, Angmering and London Victoria will be diverted to run via Littlehampton. Customers travelling from Eastbourne to London should travel via St Leonards Warrior Square and Southeastern services (Monday to Friday only).

Services between Brighton and Seaford/Eastbourne/Hastings and between Brighton and Littlehampton/Bognor Regis/Portsmouth/Southampton and services via the Arun Valley (via Crawley, Horsham, Arundel) will run to an amended timetable.

There will be no through services between Eastbourne and London. Customers should travel via St Leonards Warrior Square and Southeastern services.

Services on other routes may be amended or busier than normal.

Additional information:

Full travel advice, including how to check the best route for your journey, can be found here.

You can also view images of the work being undertaken.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Project Information:

The improvement project is focussing on the southern end of the Brighton Main Line between Three Bridges and Brighton. Major engineering work is planned for the Victorian-era tunnels at Balcombe, Clayton and Haywards Heath and the railway which runs through them.

Network Rail are stemming leaks into the tunnels and improving drainage, while the third rail power supply and signalling are also being replaced or upgraded.