Details of events affecting Southern train services can be found here
No evening trains calling at stations in the Lewes area
On Friday 5 November 2021 evening train services are being changed at Lewes and its surrounding stations as part of plans to keep Lewes Bonfire night running as safely and smoothly as possible. This has been announced here by the multi-agency group tasked with ensuring public safety, that includes the emergency services and local authorities.
Planning is going ahead despite it being unclear what Covid-19 restrictions may be in place this November. Last year, the Bonfire Societies had to cancel all displays and processions and Covid-19 remains a risk to both visitors and locals.
There are growing concerns that more people than usual will visit Lewes because of last year’s cancellation and because it’s taking place on a Friday. Combined with significant amounts of fireworks, this presents a unique challenge to the multi-agency group tasked with ensuring public safety.
As with previous years, a series of travel restrictions will be introduced for Friday 5 November 2021 to help reduce the risks associated with this event and safely reduce the number of people attending. These are being confirmed well ahead of the event to allow people more time to plan. People are also being encouraged to attend fireworks events closer to home.
For further details, please visit the Lewes Bonfire Night 2021 website
As part of this plan, the following changes will be made to Southern trains during the evening of Friday 5 November:
- There will be no trains calling at Lewes, Glynde, and Southease after 17:00
- There will be no trains calling at Cooksbridge after the 16:24 from Victoria to Eastbourne has stopped there at 17:23 - the same as previous years following representations and review
- There will be no trains calling at Falmer after the departure of the 18:31 Brighton to Hastings service at 18:40. This is a change from previous years when the last train was at 17:00, and has been made in response to feedback
No trains will call at the above stations until the first timetabled trains on the morning of Saturday 6 November.