News: Rail News – Brighton Mainline

Posted on 6th December 2018

Dear Stakeholder,

Last weekend, we completed the last of the work for 2018 on the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project. Preparatory work is progressing well ahead of the 9-day line closure in February 2019. Since our last update, the following work has been completed:
• Balcombe Tunnel Junction – New signal bases were constructed and the site is now substantially prepped for the February work with all track panels delivered and dispersed trackside.
• Balcombe Tunnel to Copyhold Junction – We removed eight rail defects which reduces the threat of Temporary Speed Restrictions or broken rails along this section.
• Haywards Heath to Keymer Junction – 10 track circuits were converted to jointless equipment along with reinforcement of the traction return system. A further two signals on the main line and three on the branch were converted to LEDs.
• Wivelsfield – successfully integrated 610 yards of ballast cleaning
• Clayton Tunnel – 650 yards of track renewal were completed on the Up line
• Clayton to Montpellier – signalling and cabling works took place
• We also continued with tunnel structural examinations and the cleaning and proving of the drainage systems

Business Toolkit
In preparation for the line closure in February, we have updated our business toolkit which can be viewed at You can download any of the content you require and as always, if you require any additional content, please do let us know.

Engagement Survey
Feedback from our stakeholder community has been really positive. We would like to thank you for your time and commitment to date which has ensured we can factor in your views, ideas and feedback throughout the project. If you have a few minutes to spare, please do take the time to complete our engagement survey: – we will be using this information to adapt future campaigns and ensure we are providing our customers and stakeholders with the best level of service.

Travel Advice
We have recently updated our website with travel advice providing station-specific information to travellers. In advance of the timetables being published, this site will enable passengers to understand the impact on their journeys from their home station. We will be updating the site with ticket acceptance information in due course and will advise when the timetable information is live.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and patience during the initial 8 weekends of engineering work, during which we have been able to achieve substantial volumes of work. We appreciate the disruption the work has caused but with your ongoing feedback and support, our weekly reviews of operations and other activities have ensured that issues have been addressed quickly. Over the past 8 weeks, our bus operation has continued to go from strength to strength. Accommodating almost 250,000 passengers on over 10,000 bus journeys, our mileage has been the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe 9.3 times! We will continue to review our approach as planning for February continues.

We will be in contact in advance of the work resuming on 06 January and look forward to working with you in 2019.
Kind regards,
Orlagh Ennis
Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Brighton Main Line Improvement Projects
Network Rail
1-2 Paris Garden, London, SE1 8ND

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