Network Rail engineering work

£11m Hassocks railway upgrade to cause 9-day line closure

An £11m railway upgrade is due to cause line closures between Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes. Works will happen from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 January 2022.

To deliver safe access under the railway at Hassocks, a new underpass will be built during the 9-day closure. It will also allow Network Rail to replace the 1980’s track at Copyhold junction, near Haywards Heath, and between Burgess Hill and Lewes.

More upgrades are set to start over the next few months to make sure as much work as possible is being carried out to reduce future disruption to passengers and neighbours.

Alternative travel arrangements will be put in place for passengers, including replacement buses and ticker acceptance on open routes.

The work will include:

  • Using over 7,000 tonnes of ballast.
  • Over 1,000 metres of track renewal.
  • 8 sets of point renewals – these are mechanical systems that move the switches and crossings that guide trains from one track to another.

Network Rail Southern region’s investment director, Paul Harwood, said: “We never take the decision to close the railway lightly and have reviewed this work and access approach in light of the difficult year for passengers, the industry and the country at large, to confirm it is the best option.”

“The alternative to delivering this investment over the extended closure in winter, when demand is naturally lower, would have been up to 20 weekend closures or multiple bank holiday closures over two years, which we are confident is unacceptable to our neighbours, passengers and stakeholders, in particular the leisure and tourism industry on the south coast. 

“We are working closely with Govia Thameslink Railway to plan the alternative travel arrangements and make passengers aware of the impact on their journeys, and will regularly liaise with stakeholders and passenger groups as the plans develop”.

Chris Fowler, Customer Services Director for Southern, added: “This route is one of the country’s busiest, and Network Rail’s track renewal is essential to give our customers the reliable, on-time services they rightly expect.”

“We’ll be ensuring that alternative transport is in place, and we’ll issue detailed travel advice over the coming months. Journeys will take considerably longer during the nine days of work and we thank customers in advance for their patience.”

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