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Map of rail closures around Lewes

4-day rail line closure 28 November – 1 December

Further major engineering works are planned over four days to complete the final phase of the £25m project to replace the signalling equipment between Lewes and Seaford 28 November – 1 December.

The works will have an impact on anyone who would normally use a train to travel on all routes via Lewes, affecting train journeys to Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford and Haywards Heath.

Rail closures and bus replacements

Southern Rail has issued the following guidance: On Thursday 28 November buses will replace trains on the following routes:

  • Haywards Heath and Lewes
  • Lewes and Seaford

On this date passengers travelling between London and Lewes, Seaford and Eastbourne should use train services changing at Brighton.

On Friday 29 November – Sunday 1 December, buses will replace trains on the following routes:

  • Haywards Heath and Lewes
  • Brighton and Lewes
  • Lewes and Seaford
  • Lewes and Polegate

During this period a limited train shuttle service will run calling at all stations between Brighton and Falmer.

Trains between Brighton and London will run as normal.

Southern Rail have advised that revised bus and train times for all dates are now available in journey planners, and are encouraging travel outside of the peak times where possible and for passengers to allow more time for your journey.

A map of closures can be found below:

Map of rail closures around Lewes

Tickets and frequently asked questions

Visit the Southern Rail webpages for information on ticketing, the replacement bus services and other frequently asked questions.

University car-parking

There will be no change in parking restrictions at university car parks during this period. However, staff and students can apply for a day permit if required, via Central Parking with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice (on the day will not be accepted).

University travel advice and information

If you are travelling between Brighton and Eastbourne, you may wish to consider using Brighton and Hove Buses’ 12A/X bus as an alternative.

Staff and students could also find a car-share partner using the university’s car-sharing platform, Travel Smart, and use dedicated car-sharing spaces on the Moulsecoomb campus.

There is also a good network of cycle lanes between Brighton and Falmer, and University of Brighton staff and students and get 10% off the Life BTN BikeShare annual membership plan, when signing up with your university email address. This offers annual membership at the discounted rate of £65 (normal rate £72), which includes 60 minutes of use per day. Additional minutes are charged at 3p per minute and daily charges are capped at £12.

To claim the discount, download the Social Bicycles App for Android or iOS and register with the BTN BikeShare network, under the University of Brighton plan using your university e-mail address.

View the cycle route map and video between Falmer and Moulsecoomb, and download cycle maps for Eastbourne and Brighton from the c-change cycling pages.


Robin Coleman • November 26, 2019

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