Network Rail News Update

Dear Stakeholder,

While this message may not impact or interest all of you, we felt it prudent to update you on further upcoming engineering works which we will now run in parallel with our existing communications campaign to maximise reach to passengers and stakeholders.

As part of Network Rail’s ongoing investment in the railway on the south coast, our engineers are working to replace old signalling systems on the line between Lewes and Seaford with modern technology.

This much needed upgrade, to some of the oldest signalling in the country, will see signalling control of the Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford areas moved to our state-of-the-art route operating centre at Three Bridges, meaning the signal boxes at Lewes, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour will close. The project will also increase the number of trains able to use the diversionary route for London–Brighton services via Lewes during planned and unplanned disruption.

The final commissioning will take place from 07-10 March 2019 when the current system will be disconnected and the new system switched on. This can only be safely and reliably completed with a 4-day closure of the railway in the Lewes area. This means buses will replace trains on all routes via Lewes. Services between Brighton and London are not affected but there will be no trains west of Eastbourne via Lewes as far as Brighton, Seaford and Haywards Heath from Thursday, 7 March to Sunday, 10 March 2019. Journey planning advice will be issued in due course.

In addition, enabling works will continue to take place over 5 weekends on:
• Sunday, 02 December 2018
• Saturday, 15 December 2018
• Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 January 2019
• Sunday, 03 February 2019
• Sunday, 17 February 2019
To align these works with our existing Three Bridges to Brighton campaign and minimise the impact on passengers and stakeholders, we will be integrating the two information campaigns and will, of course, be continuing to work with you to provide the same level of support as on this scheme.

If you wish to receive dedicated updates on the Lewes-Seaford engineering work or wish to have a meeting to discuss the work further, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Orlagh
Orlagh Ennis
Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Brighton Main Line Improvement Projects
Network Rail
1-2 Paris Garden, London, SE1 8ND

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