Customers who must travel on the Brighton Main Line on the May bank holiday weekend of 9 & 10 May are being reminded to plan ahead as our partners at Network Rail complete essential engineering work at Clayton Tunnel near Hassocks, and to the level crossing at Cooksbridge near Lewes.
In addition, on Sunday 10 May, some Thameslink services will not call at London Bridge station.
On both 9 and 10 May, on the Brighton Main Line, no trains will operate south of Three Bridges to either Brighton, or to Lewes. This will also mean that there is no direct Brighton Main Line route available to London for the East Coastway (Hastings / Eastbourne via Lewes).
Trains will continue to operate between London and Three Bridges, along both Coastway routes (Hastings <> Brighton <> Littlehampton) and as in previous engineering work, Brighton to London Victoria services will operate on diversion via Littlehampton and Horsham with trains at the maximum length.
Rail replacement buses will also operate between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes.
We have extensively planned our alternative arrangements for social distancing and to provide the fastest possible journey time for customers making essential journeys. We are however asking that for travel between London and the coast that passengers use the diverted railway service operating via Littlehampton and Horsham wherever possible given the size of trains.
Customers are also being reminded that on Sunday 10 May only, Thameslink trains operating on the route to/from Bedford will not stop at London Bridge station. Customers are advised to either change trains at East Croydon or to travel to London Blackfriars.
Finally, this weekend of 2 and 3 May, essential engineering is also taking place at Cooksbridge to install a platform extension. In the future, this will enable more frequent use of 8 carriage trains on the route between London Victoria and Eastbourne via Lewes as part of the works to support the £150m upgrade of Gatwick Airport station. This work means that trains are replaced with buses between Lewes and Haywards Heath via Cooksbridge and Plumpton. Train services will continue to operate between Lewes and Brighton, and for longer distance journeys between London and the East Coastway we are recommending that passengers consider travelling via Brighton.
Govia Thameslink Railway