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    Need to get one for a week or two.

    Just checking and it seems there is only ONE direct train now ..... which takes 1hr20mins !!!

    Numerous others that take 1hr15 - 2 hours that also involve 1 change.

    Any regular commuters know why/when this changed ?

    Must be messing up loads of people. Used to be an hour tops / direct didn't it.

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      Need to get one for a week or two.

      Just checking and it seems there is only ONE direct train now ..... which takes 1hr20mins !!!

      Numerous others that take 1hr15 - 2 hours that also involve 1 change.

      Any regular commuters know why/when this changed ?

      Must be messing up loads of people. Used to be an hour tops / direct didn't it.
      Must be due to Thameslink now starting trains from Littlehampton I guess ? Bizarre reduction in service though for city to city..........
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      Must be due to Thameslink now starting trains from Littlehampton I guess ? Bizarre reduction in service though for city to city..........
      I'm told by several people who use the LB trains along the coast that the move to Thameslink has been universally unpopular having taken away their nice old trains for those new tube train style things with small, uncomfortable seats (if you can get one).

      Watching the Portillo thing on BBC2 last night, the bloke from Thameslink said that they were designed to be able to handle large volumes of people when travelling through London - like a tube train. Bet those who have to spend 90 minutes each way on these things really appreciate that.
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      Need to get one for a week or two.

      Just checking and it seems there is only ONE direct train now ..... which takes 1hr20mins !!!

      Numerous others that take 1hr15 - 2 hours that also involve 1 change.

      Any regular commuters know why/when this changed ?

      Must be messing up loads of people. Used to be an hour tops / direct didn't it.
      Presumably not enough demand to fill a train from Brighton and not enough trains to run separate stopping ones to pick up commuters from Hassocks etc.
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      I'm told by several people who use the LB trains along the coast that the move to Thameslink has been universally unpopular having taken away their nice old trains for those new tube train style things with small, uncomfortable seats (if you can get one).

      Watching the Portillo thing on BBC2 last night, the bloke from Thameslink said that they were designed to be able to handle large volumes of people when travelling through London - like a tube train. Bet those who have to spend 90 minutes each way on these things really appreciate that.
      Yes, they have plenty of room (no carriage separation, and seem wider - more standing room - due to narrower and fewer seats) and the seats are very uncomfortable and badly designed (in the window seats, your foot space is partly occupied by heating ducts). Odd though that I now have a much wider choice of direct trains from my small local station (Wivelsfield) than someone from Brighton.
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      unless you need to be actually at London Bridge, have you considered going to Victoria and a tube onwards?
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      Yes, they have plenty of room (no carriage separation, and seem wider - more standing room - due to narrower and fewer seats) and the seats are very uncomfortable and badly designed (in the window seats, your foot space is partly occupied by heating ducts). Odd though that I now have a much wider choice of direct trains from my small local station (Wivelsfield) than someone from Brighton.
      Oh, YOU'RE the passenger who lives there! I've often wondered why every train I've ever got in my life stops there to have nobody get off, now I know!
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      Oh, YOU'RE the passenger who lives there! I've often wondered why every train I've ever got in my life stops there to have nobody get off, now I know!
      It’s a request stop. I email them the night before to let them know I’ll be travelling.
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      unless you need to be actually at London Bridge, have you considered going to Victoria and a tube onwards?
      that doesnt really work but is certainly an option if need be.

      Outrageous really . Amazed haven't seen mass protests . Like all these things , people just accept it.
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      that doesnt really work but is certainly an option if need be.

      Outrageous really . Amazed haven't seen mass protests . Like all these things , people just accept it.
      Another option might be a Thameslink to Blackfriars or City if that’s near to where you need to get to.

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