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Brighton main line reopens after nine-day closure

Photo: Half-term closure: track renewals in progress at Balcombe on the Brighton main line. Courtesy Network Rail


Network Rail completed what it calls the biggest upgrade of the railway between Brighton and Three Bridges in over 30 years during a nine-day closure from 9 to 17 February.

The work included the lion’s share of the £67 million improvement programme on the line, renewing and upgrading junctions and signalling, shoring up embankments and carrying out extensive work within four tunnels.

Work carried out during the nine-day closure included the renewal and upgrading of Balcombe Tunnel Junction, with an improved layout, renewal and upgrading of the signalling and control system between Haywards Heath and Preston Park, refurbishment of drainage on the Ouse Valley viaduct and replacement of conductor rail at Folly Hill. Tunnel works included drainage works in Balcombe and Haywards Heath tunnels and inspection patch repairs and securing of cable in Clayton tunnel.

Off-track works included significant upgrades at Balcombe station, featuring installation of a new footbridge, along with repairs and improvements at Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Plumpton, Cooksbridge, Hassocks and Preston Park stations.

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