All appears to be running ‘smoothly’ despite mainline rail closure
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Everything appeared to be running smoothly today at Brighton station, despite major closures between Brighton and London.
Today is the first weekday of the Brighton mainline closure and commuters have had to experience longer journey times as there are no direct trains between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes until Sunday. However, due to lots of warning in advance, and the closure timed to fall over half term, the atmosphere at Brighton station this afternoon seemed suprisingly calm.
There was plenty of friendly staff on site to help with any queries and the replacement buses, which were running every ten minutes, were not overly full. One customer was seen approaching a member of staff to explain that he normally ‘has problems with National Rail’, but that he was ‘very satisfied’ with the service provided today.
This member of staff, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us that everything was going ‘very smoothly’, due to ‘good organization and plenty of notice for customers’.
The Brighton Mainline Improvement Project claims that this major project, costing £67 million, will ‘improve reliability and punctuality’ and that work on this line is essential. This key rail route connects Gatwick Airport and the south coast with London, and is used by 300,000 people each day, so it is vital that it is dependable.
If you are needing to travel to London between now and Sunday remember to allow much more time for your journey as trains will be diverted via longer routes and rail replacement buses. Unfortunately, National Rail has said that compensation will not be provided for season ticket holders. For more information about the Brighton Mainline Improvement Project please click here.