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 in the Lewes area from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 March

Start date
07/03/2019  00:00
End date
Route affected
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All routes via Lewes

TOC(s) affected

Major improvement work is taking place in the Lewes area, closing some lines.

Services running between Brighton and Eastbourne and also between Haywards Heath and Seaford will be affected by this closure. Replacement buses will operate for part of or all of these journeys, and journey times will be extended.

There will be no trains between the following stations:

  • Wivelsfield - Lewes
  • Falmer - Lewes
  • Seaford - Lewes
  • Polegate - Lewes

(Brighton - Falmer: A shuttle train will be replacing normal service, running every 40 minutes.)

During this time, buses will replace trains. There will be:

  • A stopping service between Brighton and Seaford calling at several stations
  • A stopping service between Brighton and Polegate calling at Lewes
  • A limited service between Haywards Heath to Polegate, calling at Cooksbridge and Lewes
  • A stopping service between Haywards Heath and Lewes calling at Plumpton
  • A limited stopping service between Lewes and Polegate calling at Glynde and Berwick

Buses will replace trains between Haywards Heath and Polegate / Eastbourne via Lewes and between Brighton and Seaford / Eastbourne via Lewes.

Customers are advised to travel outside of the peak times where possible and allow more time for your journey. Some stations and alternative routes will be busier than usual. Other closures will take place at weekends.

More information can be found on the Southern website.

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


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Why are there closures?

Network Rail are replacing old signalling equipment between Lewes and Seaford and replacing it with modern, more reliable technology as part of a multi-million-pound upgrade.

What benefits will you see?

  • Fewer delays with more reliable signalling.
  • Improved route for London / Haywards Heath to Brighton Services for any planned or unplanned disruption.
  • Improved connections with Newhaven Harbour


You can view images of the improvement work taking place here.