£22m Railway Upgrade: No trains via Horsham for 9 days
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rail replacement buses and no services via Horsham explained

A major railway upgrade in the south costing £22 million pounds and stopping all trains going via Horsham for 9 days (14/08 - 22/08) has finally ended - nearly, Network rail still have planned works over weekends in August and October. 


The closure has meant that those commuting with Southern and Thameslink have had to suffer on rail replacement buses when travelling between, Arundel, Three Bridges, Horsham, Crawley, and the Mole Valley Line which goes between Horsham and Dorking. This also affected services to Chichester, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, and even as far as Portsmouth was affecting meaning trains had to take a longer route around on the Brighton Main Line. This means that the closure covers 43 miles of track in the south which got an ‘in-depth’ inspection by Network Rail engineers.


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Source: Network Rail


On top of in-depth inspections, sections of rail, sleepers, ballast, and drainage will be replaced at Horsham station as well as nine sets of switches and crossings. Further track improvements were made at Pulborough, Warnham and Barns Green.


Most track circuits were also replaced on the Arun Valley line along with signal heads between Horsham and Crawley. 


At all the closed stations, which include, Crawley, Ifield, Faygate, Littlehaven, Holmwood, Ockley, Horsham, Christs Hospital, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Amberly, Arundel and Warnham, had ‘Deep cleaning, refurbishing, decorating and essential maintenance’.


At Ockley, engineers installed a sheet piled wall, which is widely used in many situations across the UK and the globe, to prevent landslides. Parsonage Road level crossing was upgraded from half to full barrier CCTV over safety fears while Littlehaven got an extension on platform 2.


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Source: Network Rail


Network rail said the benefits included more reliable journeys, improved passenger experience, Reduced risk of flooding, and less overall disruption to travel. However Network Rail aren't stopping here, They’ve already planned another 9-day closure again from the 14th of August 2022 to Sunday 22nd of august affecting all services via Horsham.


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Source: Network Rail


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