Track and signalling

26.11.19

Network Rail to carry out signalling upgrade to Lewes to Seaford line

The line between Lewes and Seaford in Sussex is reaching the end of its transformation this weekend as engineers work around the clock to carry out the end of the commissioned project.

The line will be more modern, more reliable and have better signalling technology to reduce delays for passengers.

During the final phase, the current system will be disconnected and the new one will be switched on. This will take place from Nov 28 to Dec 1, during which time a rail replacement bus service will be available throughout the affected area.

Network Rail’s state-of-the-art route operating centre at Three Bridges will absorb signalling control of the Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford areas. This will mean that the signal boxes at Lewes, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour will close.

This project means that the number of trains able to use the diversionary route for London to Brighton services via Lewes will rise to three trains per hour.

This will also increase passenger capacity when there is disruption on the Brighton Main Line between Brighton and Keymer Junction.

Southerham Junction, where trains switch track for Lewes, Eastborne or Seaford has always been upgraded as a wider part of the project. Altogether aiming to improve passenger experience and reduce faults and delays at these busy junctions.

Dan Athol, Programme Director for Network Rail said:

 “This is a much-needed upgrade to some of the oldest signalling in the country, with new state-of-the-art equipment providing passengers with more reliable journeys for many years to come.   

“I’d like to thank people for their patience while we complete the upgrade in November. There is never a good time to close the railway and the alternatives would have meant impacting services over several weekends in the summer. Following our recent discussions with local stakeholders, we know this would have been unacceptable to the leisure and tourism industry here on the south coast.

“We continue to work closely with our colleagues at Southern, ensuring people are fully aware of the closures and the alternative travel options available to them.”

 

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