23 Aug Update from Network Rail
Network Rail have developed a toolkit which is for use by businesses to help you engage with your employees and customers to ensure they are kept updated with information about the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project. As the project progresses, updated tools will become available.
Prepare your business for line closures for preparatory weekend works from September 2018 and for a 9-day closure in February 2019
From September 2018 to April 2019, there will be 15 weekends of preparatory work as well as one 9-day closure from 16-24 February 2019. Throughout these weekends and this 9-day period, no trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes. The unprecedented access provided by these planned closures will allow Network Rail engineers to renew and upgrade a stretch of railway that is responsible for more delays than any other section in the south east of England. The improvement work will focus on four Victorian-era tunnels – Balcombe, Clayton, Patcham and Haywards Heath – and the railway which runs through them.
Alternative travel and ticketing arrangements
Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Rail (Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express & Great Northern) are working closely together to plan the alternative travel advice and ticketing arrangements that will be available during these line closures. We will share these updates with you as the plan evolves.
Encourage your staff and visitors to work out their plan B
The February closure has been carefully planned for school half-term, when passenger numbers are lower and some people may be able to be more flexible with their travel plans or take holiday. Alternative options including replacement buses are still being finalised. Nearer the time, our website will include full details of recommended alternatives for all affected stations.
Resources for preparing your business
Keep your colleagues, employees and customers up to date with the line closures by downloading our business toolkit.
Follow the links below to download resources for display in your office or for use in your internal communications.
- A Poster to display around the office
- A Leaflet explaining the changes
- Suggested text for Internal Comms Messages
- Social Media Graphic Cards for communicating across your digital channels
- For hard copies of leaflets, please email [email protected] confirming the number of leaflets you require and your delivery address
If you have any questions about the Brighton Mainline Improvement Project or on how you can prepare your business for the improvement works, please contact us at [email protected]