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Vital work to stabilise a railway cutting in Hove and prevent delays caused by landslips will be taking place between Saturday 18 September 2021 and Friday 01 October 2021 (inclusive).  

Train track running through the middle of railway cutting in Hove
Hove cutting

The work follows a number of landslips in recent years which caused significant delays to passengers.  

To stabilise the cutting and protect the railway from rockfall we will be installing 1012 rock bolts into ground during the blockade. These bolts will hold rock netting in place that will catch loose rocks and in the areas where required hold the ground together. We are working with the local community to look to replanting options to offset the vegetation removed by the works.

To make the most of the access and give passengers additional benefits will use the time when lines are closed to undertake:  

  • Repair work at Wilbury Road Bridge to strengthen the structure 
  • Upgrades to track circuits, the part of the signalling system which tell signallers where trains are, between Brighton and Hove  
  • Wheel timber renewals at Shoreham Viaduct to improve the reliability of the train services.  

Passenger information  

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September

  • No trains will run directly between Hove and Brighton.
  • Buses will replace trains between Brighton and Littlehampton.
  • Tickets will be accepted on Brighton & Hove Buses routes 2, 6, 7, 46 and 49 between Shoreham, Portslade, Hove and Brighton (Brighton station / Churchill Square).
  • Passengers should expect a busier journey over this weekend including queues.

Monday 20 September until Friday 1 October (inclusive)

  • No trains will run directly between Brighton and Hove/stations and Littlehampton.
  • Southern customers will need to change train at Preston Park to travel to/from Brighton.
  • Trains will run to an amended timetable between Preston Park and Littlehampton, and between Littlehampton and Portsmouth Harbour/Southampton Central.
  • Customers travelling between Portsmouth/Southampton and Brighton will need to change trains at Littlehampton and Preston Park.
  • Preston Park station will be a lot busier than usual during this period: a traffic light and queuing systems will be in place and at peak times access to the station may be restricted to avoid overcrowding.
  • Great Western Railway services to and from Brighton will end at Worthing on weekdays or Portsmouth Harbour at weekends.
  • Tickets will be accepted on Brighton & Hove Buses routes 2, 6, 7, 46 and 49 between Shoreham, Portslade, Hove and Brighton (Brighton station / Churchill Square). 

Maps of affected routes

Further travel information, including the times of replacement buses and alternative train times, please see the links below.

Map showing that buses will replace trains between Littlehampton and Brighton on the 18 and 19 September
Weekend closure map
Map of revised train services between Littlehampton and Preston Park. Brighton trains
September – October revised train service

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Contact us  

We hope this information is helpful and apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. 

However, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please telephone our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 quoting Hove cutting project. 

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