Although groundwater levels at Patcham have significantly exceeded the threshold where severe flooding of the railway line was expected, water levels now seem to have peaked and stabilised. Work has been ongoing at the site to find ways to overcome the signalling system faults caused by equipment being immersed in water and to channel floodwater away from the running rails. Both of these issues have now been successfully addressed and we expect to be able to run trains over this section of line from around 3.30 pm today.
As we have had to operate a heavily amended train service which has meant that rolling stock and train crew are not in their usual places, it will take some time to return the service to normal. However, we will now stop diverting trains via Lewes and the Arun Valley and will be working to introduce some extra trains to provide extra capacity this evening.
Until 3.30 pm, we will continue to run a reduced alternative service with services between Haywards Heath and Brighton being diverted via Lewes.
- A half hourly service will run between Hassocks and Haywards Heath, calling at Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield. Rail replacement buses will run from Brighton to Hassocks. If possible buses will call at Preston Park, but we have been advised of a risk roads may flood, so this will be kept under review. Passengers for London should change at Haywards Heath.
- Passengers for London from stations east of Worthing and the east coast should travel via Lewes
- Passengers for London from stations west of Worthing should travel via Barnham and the Arun Valley.
Full details of the services being run are available below. Southern tickets will be accepted on First Capital Connect services tomorrow, and vice versa.
Gatwick Express services will operate normally between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Gatwick Airport and Victoria.
The morning peak services which operate from Brighton to Gatwick Airport and continue as Gatwick Express services to London Victoria will not run between Brighton and Gatwick Airport.
The evening peak services which operate as Gatwick Express services to Gatwick Airport and continue to Brighton will not run between Gatwick Airport and Brighton.
Brighton to and from London Victoria
Throughout most of the day, there will be a half hourly service operating between Brighton and London Victoria via Lewes with extended journey times.
From Brighton trains to London Victoria will depart at 06.00, 06.46, 07.00, 08.17, 08.49 and then every 30 minutes at 19 and 49 minutes past each hour until 21.49, then the last departure to Victoria will depart at 23.05
These trains will call at Lewes, Wivelsfield, Haywards Heath, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and Clapham Junction.
From London Victoria trains to Brighton will depart at 07.36, 08.07, 08.21, 08.49, 09.06, 09.36 then every half hour at 06 and 36 minutes past each hour until 17.06, then at 18.37, 19.06, 19.36, 20.06, 20.36, 21.06, 21.36, 22.06, 22.36, 23.06 and 23.32.
These trains will call at Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield and Lewes.
Brighton and Hove to and from Haywards Heath via Preston Park, Hassocks and Burgess Hill.
There will be no train service all day between Brighton and Hassocks (Both directions).
There will be a half hourly train service between Hassocks and Haywards Heath (Both directions) at approximately half hourly intervals. These will be operated by First Capital Connect and will continue to London.
A rail replacement bus service will operate between Brighton station and Hassocks to connect with the First Capital Connect trains to / from Gatwick Airport / East Croydon / London.
Some early morning and late evening buses will also operate between Brighton and Haywards Heath (both directions) to connect with trains to / from Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and London.
There will be reduced car parking available at Hassocks station because of the rail replacement buses that will be operating there.
Littlehampton / Worthing to and from London Victoria via Haywards Heath
Most of these trains will be diverted to operate between Littlehampton and Brighton via Worthing with the following significant alterations:
In the morning peak the 05.05 Havant to London Victoria service will be diverted after Barnham (05.23) to call at Ford, Arundel, Horsham, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, Clapham Junction and London Victoria.
The 06.31 Littlehampton to London Bridge service will be diverted and call at Arundel, Horsham, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, Clapham Junction and London Bridge.
In the evening peak the 16.57 and 17.42 London Bridge to Littlehampton services will be diverted after Three Bridges to call at Horsham, Arundel and Littlehampton.
The 21.17 London Victoria to Bognor Regis / Eastbourne service will divide at Three Bridges with the front four coaches running via Horsham to Bognor Regis direct. The rear eight coaches will run to Eastbourne as normal.
The 22.17 London Victoria to Bognor Regis service will be diverted via Horsham to Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. There will be a connection at Littlehampton for stations to Brighton via Worthing.
The 23.17 London Victoria to Worthing service will be diverted via Horsham and Littlehampton to Brighton; after Littlehampton, it will call at Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick, Portslade, Hove and Brighton.
Passengers who normally travel on direct services to and from Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and London Victoria to and from South Coast stations west of Worthing should travel via and change at Barnham for direct services operating normally via Horsham and the Arun Valley.
Passengers who normally travel on direct services to and from Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and London Victoria to and from South Coast stations east of Worthing should travel via Brighton and Lewes.
Brighton to Worthing: some stopping trains will be withdrawn (in both directions).
Brighton to Lewes: some services between Brighton and Lewes will be withdrawn to provide capacity for direct trains to run via Lewes to London (applies in both directions)
Eastbourne to / from London Victoria
These trains will operate to a near normal timetable. Most trains will not have attaching or detaching carriages at Haywards Heath, but trains will run to and from London as normal.
There will be a reduced service in place between Brighton and Seaford. From 09.40 until 16.40, the 40 minutes past each hour service from Brighton to Seaford will not run, and From 10.25 until 17.25, the 25 minutes past each hour service from Seaford to Brighton will be cancelled.
The 10 minutes past each hour services from Brighton to Seaford will all run normally and the 58 minutes past each hour services from Seaford to Brighton will run normally.