Passengers Face Further Disruptions on Trains Between London and Brighton
There’s even more disruption expected for passengers who regularly use the line between Brighton and London – there will be no direct trains running between the two cities for an entire week, between 20th – 28th October, as well as another week in February 2019.
As part of Brighton Mainline Improvement Project, it has been announced that amongst other major disruptions to train services, any passengers wishing to travel between Brighton and London must travel via Littlehampton or Horsham – or presumably face the dreaded Rail Replacement service. It has been kindly suggested on the Brighton Mainline website that commuters may wish to work from home during these dates.
There will be no direct trains running between the two cities for an entire week, between 20th – 28th October, as well as another week in February 2019.
This disruption comes as a result of the £300 million government funded improvements on the Brighton Mainline, which will include major works on the Victorian-era tunnels on the line, as well as replacing and upgrading signalling and replacing the mechanisms which allows trains to switch tracks.
In addition to the diverted services to London from Brighton, passengers will also have to grapple with a weeks worth of no trains between London and Lewes or Eastbourne and no services between Three Bridges and Brighton or Lewes during these dates.
To add insult to injury, these works have been planned during half term. Whilst this has been done in order to minimise disruption for commuters, who may be able to take time off or go on holiday during the school breaks, this also majorly restricts families who may want to get out of town during half term.
Additionally, this could have a major impact on trade in the city. School Holidays are typically a very busy period for local shops and restaurants, but with enormously reduced transport links for day trippers and holidaymakers alike, these industries could take major hits.
To add insult to injury, these works have been planned during half term. Whilst this has been done in order to minimise disruption for commuters, who may be able to take time off or go on holiday during the school breaks.
Whilst the Brighton Mainline website claims that without these improvements future delays and disruptions will be far more significant, as well as much more common, it is easy to predict the uproar that will ensue over such major disruptions. Many passengers are still reeling from the ridiculously extended period of delays and cancellations they encountered during the Southern Rail strikes, not to mention the catastrophe that was the introduction of the new timetables in May.
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