We've replaced old signalling between Lewes and Seaford with more reliable technology to reduce delays for passengers.

This is part of our ongoing investment to improve the railway on the south coast.

Lewes to Seaford work

Sussex passengers are seeing the benefits of a major upgrade programme as Network Rail has now finished replacing the signalling system on the route from Lewes to Seaford, via Newhaven. This replaced a system controlled from three signal boxes that dated back to 1879.

The new signalling technology at Lewes is controlled from the state-of-the-art rail operating centre at Three Bridges, delivering a more reliable service with fewer delays for passengers.     

As a result of the upgrade, during disruption on the Brighton Main Line, three times as many trains and passengers can now use the diversionary route for London to Brighton services via Lewes, helping to keep passengers on the move.

Work completed between 28 November – 1 December 2019

  • The new signalling control system was commissioned.
  • The track layout was changed at Newhaven Harbour.
  • Refurbishment of platform canopies was carried out at Seaford and Glynde stations.
  • Platform resurfacing work was carried out at Southease.
  • A complete refurbishment of Bishopstone station and footbridge completed.
  • Upgrade work carried out at Cooksbridge, Newhaven Harbour and Newhaven Town Level Crossings.

Work completed between 7-10 March 2019

  • All construction works are now complete, in readiness for the new system being switched on.
  • Four new signals were installed in the Lewes area.
  • All other signals are in location, ready for final commissioning.
  • Reinstatement of the Cooksbridge Level Crossing.
  • A full track renewal at Bishopstone.
  • Conductor rail renewal at Newhaven Harbour.
  • Access works at Cuckmere River Bridge.
  • Removal of wet beds around Southease using our Force One machine.
  • Re-railing around the whole Glynde area.
  • Station improvement works at Bishopstone, Falmer, London Road, Lewes, Moulsecoomb, Newhaven Harbour, Newhaven Town, Seaford and Southease including deep cleaning, vegetation clearance to improve access and some roof works.
Over 2019-2024 we’re investing record amounts to maintain and renew the railway

Contact us

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Lewes to Seaford project, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.