A nine day delay is expected as an £11 million upgrade takes place on the Brighton railway.
The work being done will replace a currently existing 40 year old track currently situated at the Copyhold Junction between Burgess Hill and Lewes.
This piece of rail track in between Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes will be closed from February 19th to 27th in 2022 to accommodate the repairs.
There is also expected to be more work taking place during these currently planned closures, with attempts to minimise future disruption by completing all repairs in the smallest time frame possible.
One such works will be to create a new underpass, located underneath the current railway at Hassocks in order to provide safer access for passengers and other pedestrians.
Network Rail have stated that while they never want to close railways, having reviewed the needed work including work and access approaches, they believe this is the correct option to remedy the current situation.
The timescale of nine days has been considered a speedy response to providing such critical work, with the railway needing to build back after the pandemic as quick as possible to allow the economic recovery of its users to continue.
The alternative winter closure, which would have resulted in a possible 20 weekend closures or 2 years’ worth of bank holiday closures was simply deemed unacceptable to the surrounding residents and the leisure and tourism industry affected by this approach.
Alternative arrangements will be put in place to accommodate travellers, with information provided as to the impact on passengers’ journeys months in advance, and stakeholders always kept consistently in the loop.
This will unfortunately cause considerably longer journeys at this time.
As one of the country’s busiest routes, the track renewal is especially important to ensure reliable and time efficient journeys that are expected my commuters.
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