REPAIRS to stabilize a rail cutoff and avoid delays caused by landslides will cause delays in train services in September.
Network Rail said “vital works” will take place in Hove between Saturday September 18 and Friday October 1.
While the work is in progress, no train will run on the road directly linking Brighton to Hove.
On September 18-19, buses will replace trains between Brighton and Littlehampton.
From September 20, train timetables will change between Littlehampton and Brighton, with diverted services to and from Preston Park, where passengers will need to change trains to complete their journey.
Passengers traveling between Portsmouth or Southampton and Worthing, Hove or Brighton will need to change at Littlehampton.
In addition, Great Western Railway services to and from Brighton will start and end at Worthing on weekdays and Portsmouth Harbor on weekends.
To stabilize the cut and protect the railway line from rockfall, engineers will install 1,012 anchor bolts in the ground during the blockade.
The bolts will hold the rock net in place which will catch loose rocks and, in areas where it is needed, hold the soil together.
Network Rail is also working with the local community on replanting options to compensate for vegetation removed by the works.
Over the weekend of September 18-19, engineers will also carry out repair work on the Wilbury Road Bridge to strengthen the structure, upgrades to the track circuits between Brighton and Hove, and wheelwood renewals at the Shoreham Viaduct to improve the reliability of rail services.
Network Rail Sussex Route Director Shaun King said the work is “absolutely vital for trains to run safely and reliably for passengers”.
“Hove is a key location on our rail network and any disruption here has the potential to disrupt services on the Brighton Main Line,” he said.
“We will continue to engage with passengers and neighbors on board and thank them for their patience as we do this work. ”
Southern Customer Service Manager Chris Fowler said that while it is inconvenient for customers, it is “essential safety work.”
“We therefore urge anyone traveling along the West Sussex coast during this 14 day period to plan ahead and check before traveling as there will be changes in services and some routes. will take longer than usual, ”he said.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-28 17:09:20