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    Brighton commuters to face 18 days of closures for engineering work


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    Beleaguered commuters from*Brighton*who have suffered years of delays on Southern and Thameslink have been warned that the main line will close for two nine-day periods for engineering works.

    Network Rail and the train operator, Govia Thameslink Railway, urged passengers in Sussex to plan ahead for what they described as a “once-in-a-generation” upgrade to the southern end of the line.

    The work, due to take place in October and in February 2019, will close the track south of Three Bridges, near Gatwick airport, to Brighton and Lewes. It is the centrepiece of a £300m upgrade programme to replace or upgrade track, drainage, power and signalling on the line, which is used by 300,000 passengers a day. Replacement buses will operate but the work is likely to add up to an hour to journeys."

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      So 2 weekends each time thereby affecting home games. Will the work be tied into school holiday periods when commuting numbers are down or more likely at a time to cause maximum problems
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      But there's no case for bml2. Riiight.
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      But there's no case for bml2. Riiight.
      It's amazing calls for an alternative route have been consistently rejected. Even without BML2 just reopening the 7 miles of track between Lewes and Uckfield would provide a solution and would be a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost of HS2.
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      I wonder how much longer this kind of nonsense can continue before people just simply decide that commuting from Brighton to London isn't worth the hassle
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      I wonder how much longer this kind of nonsense can continue before people just simply decide that commuting from Brighton to London isn't worth the hassle
      I think a lot of people already have.
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      Unlike other, forward thinking countries we let our old lines go to ruin so cannot re-open most of them. We don't have enough space to simply build new lines while the others remain open so unfortunately it is like trying to change the wheel on a bus while it's still driving.
      If this was going to go smoothly I'd shrug and say well how else can it be done but it won't go smoothly. It'll be an overschedule, overbudget omni-shambles.
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      So 2 weekends each time thereby affecting home games. Will the work be tied into school holiday periods when commuting numbers are down or more likely at a time to cause maximum problems
      Scheduled for October 2018 and February 2019 Half term breaks according to the Guardian. That being the case, perhaps the club should approach the FA and ask that they avoid scheduling home fixtures for those weekends in the absence of susustainable transport.

      Major pain in the erky but given the number of delays and problems attributable to the creaking, antediluvian infrastructure it definitely needs doing.
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      Network Rail and the train operator, Govia Thameslink Railway, urged passengers in Sussex to plan ahead for what they described as a “once-in-a-generation” upgrade to the southern end of the line.
      Once in a generation? They’ll still be shutting the line down every few months after this.
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      In fairness to the railway engineering lot, they have to do do repairs at some time. These tunnels are Victorian and need patching up. Unfortunately as with most things, when you replace outdated infrastructure, there are disruptions...remember all the hassle when they decided to replace all the gas mains in the city.

      We are moan like feck about the trains and delays , notwithstanding the workers and management, but if this work of replace and renewals led to a better service we would all be happy.

      I am not sure the railways take into account inconvenience of football fans travelling as this is a minuscule number compared to th daily commuters using the rail system.

      Of course we could have some radical thinking and as we are renewing the tunnels, we could lift them a few feet and look at double decker trains like they have in France and Italy. They are brilliant having used them and would ease the over crowding...but doubtless that is too difficult to work out.
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