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Nine day closure affecting all trains via Horsham from Saturday 14 August to Sunday 22 August 2021 (inclusive)

Horsham station entrance
Horsham station entrance

For nine-days from Saturday 14 August to Sunday 22 August 2021, and several weekends between July and October we’re working to give passengers travelling on the Arun Valley line better, more reliable journeys.

Station travel advice

Check the Arun Valley Line Improvement project website for details of how your station will be affected during the works.

Network Rail engineers will use the time to invest £22m to replace 1980s track and infrastructure with new, more reliable equipment, as well as deep cleaning, refurbishing, decorating and essential maintenance of stations along the Arun Valley line.

The work will be delivered from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 August 2021, plus five weekends between July and October.

On the affected dates buses will replace trains along much of the Arun Valley line, from Arundel (inclusive) to Three Bridges including Horsham and Crawley, and the Mole Valley line between Horsham and Dorking.

What work is being delivered

Work includes:

  • A section of rail, sleepers, ballast and drainage will be renewed at Horsham station including nine sets of switches and crossings.
  • Track improvement work at Pulborough, Warnham and Barnes Green (Barnes Green Level Crossing will be closed from Thursday 19 August to Sunday 22 August).
  • In depth inspection and maintenance work will be carried out across 43 miles of closed track during the 9-day line closure
  • Replacing track circuits (the part of the signalling system that detects trains) along the Arun Valley line, and replacing signal heads between Horsham and Crawley.
  • Deep cleaning, refurbishing, decorating and essential maintenance of all closed stations – Crawley, Ifield, Faygate, Littlehaven, Holmwood, Ockley, Horsham, Christs Hospital, Billingshurst, Pullborough, Amberley, Arundel and Warnham.
  • Work at Ockley to stabilise the cutting by installing a sheet piled wall which will help to prevent landslips
  • Enabling work for the upgrade of Parsonage Road level crossing to a full barrier CCTV crossing to improve safety, and recontrol of Littlehaven signal box to the Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in June 2022. 

The benefits

Better, more reliable journeys – the railway along much of the Arun Valley line dates from the 1980s and needs to be replaced . These essential improvements to track, signal, stations, earthworks and structures will help modernise the network and give passengers better, more reliable journeys.

Improved passenger experience – while cleaner, brighter and better stations don’t have an impact on train performance, they give passengers a more pleasant journey experience.  That’s why we’ll take the opportunity to deep clean, paint and refurbish stations along the Arun Valley line when they are closed.

Reduced risk of flooding on the line – drainage improvements will also help reduce or prevent the risk of flooding on the line.

Less overall disruption to passengers and the benefits delivered sooner – This investment was originally planned for several bank holiday closures, supported by a long series of weekend line closures over two to three years. By doing the work over nine consecutive days in August and several weekends between July and October, the overall disruption to passengers can be significantly reduced, while fast-tracking the delivery of the reliability, safety and connectivity benefits of the project.

More work delivered – by delivering work in nine consecutive days in August and several weekends between July and October, we can deliver works much more efficiently than using traditional weekend and overnight access.  More efficient delivery means we can free up resources and deliver more improvement work for passengers.

Key dates

  • Enabling work: Sunday 11 July, Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 July and Saturday 31 July – Sunday 1 August 2021 – Weekend closures affecting all trains via Horsham.
  • Nine-day closure: Saturday 14 August – Sunday 22 August (inclusive) – Nine-day closure affecting all trains via Horsham.
  • Follow-up work: Saturday 4 September – Sunday 5 September and Sunday 3 October – Weekend closures affecting all trains via Horsham.
Horsham station platforms
Horsham station platforms

Car parking

The station car parks at Arundel and Crawley will be closed on all days when rail closures are taking place. This is to allow for the safe operation of rail replacement buses. If you are planning on driving to these stations, you will need to find alternative parking, or you may find it easier to use a different nearby station. There will also be reduced number of spaces available in the car park at Horsham station during these works. This is to allow engineers space to carry out the track upgrades.

Passengers driving to these stations are advised to use alternative parking. 

Map of key affected routes

Passenger disruption

The work requires all lines via Horsham to be closed. Crawley station will remain open on weekdays during the nine-day period but closed on all affected weekends.

Passengers wishing to travel along the Arun Valley line on these dates will need to allow considerably more time for their journeys and should expect to use either diverted trains via longer routes, or a replacement bus or coach to connect with rail services.

Services on longer distance coastal journeys to Chichester, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Portsmouth will still be running, but will go via an alternative route using the Brighton Main Line, meaning journeys will take longer.

Detailed travel advice for the closures including times of alternative trains and replacement buses will be available approximately six weeks before the respective closures dates.

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