Network Rail will carry out major engineering works between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes / Hove, closing the line for 9 days from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 February 2022.
Supporting work will also take place at weekends before and after the main closures.
What area is impacted?
The map below shows the general service arrangements.
No trains will serve the following stations:
- Haywards Heath
- Burgess Hill
- Preston Park
Replacement buses will run between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes.
What dates are affected?
- Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 February 2022
- Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 February 2022 (9-day blockade, including weekdays)
- Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 March 2022
- Sunday 3 April 2022
Please note services on the Brighton Main Line may be affected outside of these dates for other engineering work and the current reduced timetable. We ask you to plan and re-check before you travel.
What does this mean for my journey?
There will be changes to train services across the Southern and Thameslink networks and significantly longer journey times for some passengers, so please allow extra time if travelling on these dates.
While the work takes place, a train service will run between Brighton and London Victoria in both directions, using a diverted route via Littlehampton and Horsham. If you are travelling between Brighton or Hove and London, you can use this direct train service to avoid the need to change between buses and trains at Three Bridges.
On all dates, replacement buses will be running across the closed sections of line to help you complete your journeys.
Buses will run in both directions on the following routes:
- Three Bridges – Balcombe – Haywards Heath – Wivelsfield – Burgess Hill – Hassocks – Preston Park and Brighton
- Three Bridges – Haywards Heath – Cooksbridge and Lewes
- Haywards Heath and Plumpton
- Plumpton and Lewes
From Monday 21 to Friday 25 February, additional bus services will also run between:
- Lewes - Cooksbridge and East Grinstead for onwards train connections to/from London
- Hassocks and Three Bridges direct (peak times only)
- Preston Park – Haywards Heath and Three Bridges (peak times only)
- Seaford and Uckfield direct for onward trains connections to East Croydon (peak times only)
Please plan and re-check your journey at nationalrail.co.uk
Will there be any car park closures?
To allow us to safely operate replacement buses, there will be changes to car park facilities at the following stations:
The entire car park at Three Bridges station will be closed from 22:00 on Friday 11 February until 05:00 on Monday 7 March 2022. We will need to move any vehicles left causing a blockage.
Alternative car parking facilities are available at The County Mall shopping centre which is close to Crawley station. The postcode is RH10 1FP.
Parking at The County Mall will be available between 06:00 and 20:00 on Mondays to Saturdays, and between 08:00 and 19:00 on Sundays. Pedestrian access to and from the car park outside shopping centre trading hours will be via the Bus Station doors, with full access to the ‘South’ car park via the escalators.
Parking at The County Mall will cost £5 per day. You will need to pay for parking using the machines at the car park which accept credit and debit cards only.
Part of the car park at Hassocks station will be closed from 22:00 on Friday 18 to 05:00 Monday 28 February 2022. We will need to move any vehicles left causing a blockage.
The section of car park that will be taken out of use is the area in the middle around Station Approach West, just in front of the main station entrance. Parking bays will remain available for use along Stanford Terrace.
Residents parking bays located along Stanford Terrace and in front of Station Cottages are unaffected.
The ‘20 minute waiting’ bays at the front of the station by the main entrance will be unavailable on all closure dates. The main car park will remain open as normal.
Why is this work happening?
The nine-day closure in February is so that Network Rail can renew a junction near Haywards Heath, carry out track replacement in the Burgess Hill area and upgrade some drainage systems near Balcombe, all work that can only be done when trains are not running. These improvements will help to avoid future disruption to your journeys in the area.
Engineers will also use the time to construct a new pedestrian underpass underneath the railway near Hassocks, and to carry out embankment stabilisation works to reduce the risks of landslips in future.
Doing this work together during an extended closure over nine days avoids the need for a lot of separate weekend closures.
Where can I find more information?
You can read more about the works here.