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Lewes works 7 - 10 March

Major Network Rail engineering work will be taking place in the Lewes area from Thursday 7 March to Sunday 10 March 2019

How this affects you

For four days, from Thursday 7 March to Sunday 10 March, there are no trains between the following stations:

  • Wivelsfield - Lewes
  • Falmer - Lewes
  • Seaford - Lewes
  • Polegate - Lewes
  • Brighton - Falmer: A shuttle train will be replacing normal service, running every 40 minutes

During this time, buses will replace trains. 

To find out more about the Brighton Mainline closures, click here

What is the travel advice?

If you do wish to travel, we will ensure that you can, but please note you will need to allow extra time for your journey.

Advice will vary depending on the journey you are making as shown below. If you are travelling on affected routes:

  • Consider working at home if possible
  • Consider travelling outside of peak time and allowing more time to travel
  • Note that non-folding cycles cannot be carried on replacement buses
  • If you require assistance, please book in advance at
  • Plan your journey using the journey planner 


Travelling to/from stations between Brighton and Falmer?

Use the shuttle train service running between Brighton and Falmer running every 40 minutes calling at London Road (Brighton), Moulsecoomb in both directions

Click here to plan your journey 

Travelling to/from stations with no train service?

A regular bus service has been arranged to complete your journey connecting with trains at Polegate, Haywards Heath, Brighton and East Grinstead.

Your train ticket will accepted from alternative Southern stations.

We've also arranged ticket acceptance on local bus services:

  • 28 and 29 (Lewes to Brighton)
  • 12 (Brighton to Eastbourne)
  • 25 (University Bus to Falmer)

Click here to plan your journey

Travelling between Eastbourne and Hastings

An amended timetable will be in operation from Thursday 7 Sunday 10 March.

On Thursday 7 - Friday 8 March, customers travelling to/from Central London may travel via St Leonards Warrior Square on Southeastern services where tickets will be accepted. 

Click here to plan your journey 

Travelling on services between London and Coastway West stations (Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth, Southampton)

Some trains will be shorter than usual due to engineering works taking place, blocking the line to where the trains are held. 

Travelling between Brighton and London

Trains may be busier than usual as customers use this as an alternative route. 

Travelling to/from East Grinstead

Trains may be busier than usual due to customers using this as an alternative route

What are the different replacement bus routes?

  • A stopping bus service between Brighton and Seaford calling at London Road, Moulescoombe, Falmer, Lewes, Southease, Newhaven Town, Newhaven Harbour, Newhaven Town and Bishopstone
  • A stopping bus service between Brighton and Polegate calling at Lewes
  • A limited bus service between Haywards Heath to Polegate, calling at Cooksbridge and Lewes
  • A stopping bus service between Haywards Heath and Lewes calling at Plumpton
  • A limited stopping bus service between Lewes and Polegate calling at Glynde and Berwick
  • A bus service between Polegate and East Grinstead

We recommend to travel outside of peak times where possible and allow more time for your journey. Some stations and alternative routes will be busier than usual. Other closures will take place at weekends. Always check before you travel.

Where your tickets will be accepted

Your tickets will be accepted from alternative Southern stations. 

If travelling between Eastbourne and Hastings, your ticket will be accepted on Southeastern services via St Leonards Warrior Sq.

We've also arranged tickets to be accepted on local bus services:

  • 28 and 29 (Lewes to Brighton)
  • 12 (Brighton to Eastbourne)
  • 25 (University Bus to Falmer)

Are there any changes to car parking arrangements?

During these works we will be using part of Polegate car park for buses (the car park will be partially closed); the Lewes forecourt; Haywards Heath forecourt and East Grinstead’s pick up and put down area. There will be traffic management in place for Lewes and Haywards Heath.

Those with car park season tickets to stations that have no trains will be able to use alternative car parks including Three Bridges, Haywards Heath and Brighton. We expect Haywards Heath and Polegate’s car parks to be especially busy.

Why are there closures?

Network Rail are replacing old signalling equipment between Lewes and Seaford and replacing it with modern, more reliable technology as part of a multi-million-pound upgrade.

Click here to view the joint statement from the rail industry.