Major disruption for Sussex rail passengers following flooding

Rail commuters in Sussex will have a difficult start to the new working week following a weekend of heavy wind and rain which has damaged signalling equipment needed to run trains.

Flooding in the Preston Park area over the last few days mean that water levels have now reached 47 metres above ground level – as a result trains are being disrupted.

For passengers using the Brighton Mainline between Brighton and Haywards Heath:

  • Trains will start at Brighton and will go via Lewes, this means that they will not be calling at Preston Park, Hassocks and Burgess Hill.
  • A bus service will operate between Brighton and Hassocks but may NOT call at Preston Park station.
  • First Capital Connect will run two half hour services between Hassocks and Bedford (via London).

For passengers using the West Coast services between Littlehampton/Worthing and London

  • You may need to travel to Brighton to then get another service via Lewes
  • Some services will run via Barnham and Horsham to get to the capital.

There may ask be short formations or cancellations for East Coast services between Eastbourne and London due to congestion that will be caused with so many trains being diverted for Lewes. There will also be problems for trains from Brighton to Seaford with the amount of trains on that route being reduced to just two and hour from four.

Some relief

There is some relief for commuters, its half term week so the lines may not be as busy with parents taking the week off and children not attending school.

More bad weather?

Unfortunately the problems for rail users may not be over as yet more bad weather is forecast for the next few days. Lines have already been badly disrupted across Sussex. The picture below taken on a train just outside Worthing shows flooding on the line.

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Southern and First Capital Connect are urging people to check before they travel, one thing’s clear is that commuters are not on-track for a good start to the week.

By James Dunham

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