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    I'm looking for a bit of NSC's sage wisdom here and I can't find any good info elsewhere.

    I'm starting a new job soon and I wondered if any of you travel daily from Brighton to London Bridge. I understand that the thameslink service timings are terrible so I will need a season ticket that allows me to travel on any service.

    What times do you get the train from brighton to get into london bridge in time for work? Where do you change? I need to be there by around 8:30 each morning.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.


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      I do Burgess Hill to London Bridge 2-3 times a week. Thameslink trains are probably better than Southern at the moment, but do seem quite prone to random cancellation. Getting on at Brighton means you'll be able to get a seat going up and several of the Thameslink trains go direct to London Bridge so no need to change .

      If you get one that trundles through London (via Blackfriars etc) then you'll need to change, East Croydon is your best bet then as more trains for LB stop there. You'll be lucky to get a seat there though (it's only 15 mins or so to LB though so no big deal).

      Going home is usually more of a pain - can be a bit of a scrum at LB, best to get there 10 mins before your train is due to go and get used to where the doors will be if you want to sit.
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      Fortunately I WFH three days a week, trust me commuting is shit at present and trains rarely run on time but you now always get a chirpy announcement from the new on-board supervisor.
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      I do Burgess Hill to London Bridge 2-3 times a week. Thameslink trains are probably better than Southern at the moment, but do seem quite prone to random cancellation. Getting on at Brighton means you'll be able to get a seat going up and several of the Thameslink trains go direct to London Bridge so no need to change .

      If you get one that trundles through London (via Blackfriars etc) then you'll need to change, East Croydon is your best bet then as more trains for LB stop there. You'll be lucky to get a seat there though (it's only 15 mins or so to LB though so no big deal).

      Going home is usually more of a pain - can be a bit of a scrum at LB, best to get there 10 mins before your train is due to go and get used to where the doors will be if you want to sit.
      Thanks for this

      The problem i'm seeing with the thameslink services direct from brighton is that you either get there at 8:48 (far too late) or 7:48 (far too early).

      I've found that there is a Hove service which comes from littlehampton at 7:10, does anybody get this service? Is it usually packed by the time it gets to hove?
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      Fortunately I WFH three days a week, trust me commuting is shit at present and trains rarely run on time but you now always get a chirpy announcement from the new on-board supervisor.
      Thankfully I only need to do it for around a month
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      Move to London.

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      That's the plan Leo, just need to commute for the first month unfortunately.
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      You should look into getting a ticket to St Pancras. You can get off and on at LB. And you can use it on both Thameslink and Southern. I do that from Hassocks every day. Pretty sure the price is the same as Thameslink only to LB. But you should double check that. Gives you a lot more flexibility. And means you can walk along the river and get on at Blackfriars if the LB trains are shagged. Or you fancy a beer or three that way...
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      Quote Originally Posted by brightn'ove View Post
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      I'm looking for a bit of NSC's sage wisdom here and I can't find any good info elsewhere.

      I'm starting a new job soon and I wondered if any of you travel daily from Brighton to London Bridge. I understand that the thameslink service timings are terrible so I will need a season ticket that allows me to travel on any service.

      What times do you get the train from brighton to get into london bridge in time for work? Where do you change? I need to be there by around 8:30 each morning.

      Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

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      That's the plan Leo, just need to commute for the first month unfortunately.
      Fair enough! Good luck Matt.

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